Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought
Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
Office Location: East 303
|Ph.D. and S.T.D.||K. U. Leuven (social ethics)|
|Ph.D.||Saint Louis University (early Christian studies)|
|Th.M.||Dallas Seminary (historical theology)|
|B.S.B.A.||Washington University in St. Louis (accounting)|
I teach and publish in the fields of historical theology and social ethics. My particular interests are Greek and Latin patristics and Carolingian-era theological controversies.
- Introducing Protestant Social Ethics: Foundations in Scripture, History and Practice. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
- Gregory Nazianzen. Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality. Series edited by Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press, 2016.
- Patristic Social Thought and Catholic Social Thought: Some Models for a Dialogue. Studies in the Catholic Social Tradition. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
- Patristic Sources and Catholic Social Teaching: A Forgotten Dimension. A Textual, Historical, and Rhetorical Analysis of Patristic Source Citations in the Church’s Social Documents. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia. Vol. 59. Leuven: Peeters Press, 2008.
- Brian Matz, Augustine Cassiday and Alex Hwang, eds. Grace for Grace: The Debate after Augustine and Pelagius. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.
- Brian Matz, Johan Leemans, and Johan Verstraeten, eds. Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Christian Social Thought. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2011.
- “Scripture as Medicine in Early Christian Social Ethics.” In New Approaches to Biblical Ethics. Biblical Interpretation Series. Edited by Volker Rabens. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming in 2018.
- “Mind and Body in Gregory of Nazianzus.” In A History of Mind and Body in Late Antiquity. Edited by Sophie Cartwright and Anna Marmodoro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2018.
- “‘Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees’: Jewish Teaching and Heresy in Early Christian Exegesis of Matt 16:6-12”. In The ‘New Testament’ as a Polemical Tool: Studies in Ancient Christian Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Beliefs. Edited by Riemer Roukema and Hagit Amirav. Pp. 205-220. The Hague: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2018.
- “Augustine in the Predestination Controversy of the Ninth Century. Part II: The Single Predestinarians John Scotus Eriugena and Hincmar of Rheims.” Augustinian Studies 47 (2016): 17-40.
- “Augustine in the Predestination Controversy of the Ninth Century. Part I: The Double Predestinarians Gottschalk of Orbais and Ratramnus of Corbie.” Augustinian Studies 46 (2015): 155-184.
- “Reception of the Augustinianism Debate in the Double-Predestination Debate of the Carolingian Era.” In Grace for Grace: The Debate after Augustine and Pelagius. Edited by Brian Matz, Augustine Casiday and Alexander Hwang. Pp. 235-270. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.
- “Early Christian Philanthropy as a ‘Marketplace’ and the Moral Responsibility of Market Participants.” In Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics. Edited by Daniel Finn. Pp. 115-145. Oxford: Oxford University Press. March 2014.
- B. Matz, with Meghan Benson, Luke Connors, Porsche Erekson et al.. “Legacy of Prosper of Aquitaine in the Ninth-Century Predestination Debate.” Studia Patristica 69 (2013): 283-288.
- “Ascetic Readings of the Agricultural Parables in Mt 13:1-48 in the Cappadocians.” In Askese und Exegese in im frühen Christentum. Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus. Vol. 101. Edited by Hans-Ulrich Wiedemann. Pp. 268-283. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.
- “Baptism as Theological Intersection in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 39.” Sacris Erudiri 51 (2012): 35-58.
- “Deciphering a Recipe for Preaching in Oration 14.” In Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture. Edited by Christopher A. Beeley. Pp. 49-66. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington D.C.: CUA Press, 2012.
- B. Matz, Susan Holman and Caroline Macé, “Ps.-Basil ‘De beneficentia’: A Voice for Social Action?” Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 457-481.
- “The Principle of Detachment from Private Property in Basil of Caesarea’s Homily 6 and Its Context.” In Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Christian Social Thought. Edited by B. Matz, J. Leemans and J. Verstraeten. Pp. 159-182. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Vol. 6. Washington, D.C.: CUA Press, 2011.
- “Preaching Social Ethics in Late Antique Christianity: Some Contours for a Dialogue with Evangelicals.” In Contemporary Church and the Early Church. Edited by Paul Hartog. Pp. 131-154. ETS Monograph Series. Portland, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010.
- “Alleviating Economic Injustice in Gregory of Nyssa’s ‘Contra usurarios.’” Studia Patristica 45 (2010): 549-553.
- “Greek Patristic Sources: A New Voice for Catholic Social Thought.” In Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society. Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History. Edited by Susan Holman. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008. Pp. 287-293.
- “Problematic Uses of Patristic Sources in the Documents of Catholic Social Thought.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 4.2 (2007): 459-485.
- “The Kenosis as Pastoral Example in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 12.” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 49.3-4 (2004): 279-290.
- “Justice.” In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 14. Edited by Michael Cameron. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016. Digital-only encyclopedia.
- “Cappadocian Fathers”, “Gregory of Nazianzus”, and “Gregory of Nyssa.” In Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Daniel Treier. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.
- “Gregory of Nazianzus.” In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 10. Edited by Peter Gemeinhardt. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014. Digital-only encyclopedia.
- “Free Will.” In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 9. Edited by Bernard McGinn. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014. Digital-only encyclopedia.
Activities of the CSJ Chair
Lectures at other institutions:
- Upcoming lectures at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Sep 2018) and K. U. Leuven (Dec 2018)
- Apr 3, 2018: “Does Loving Your Neighbor Require Giving them Healthcare?” Religion and Politics Lecture Series, Lindenwood University
- Feb 21, 2018: “Wayward Wealth and the Patristic Critique.” Popes and Patristics Lecture Series, Carroll College (Helena, MT)
- Sep 29, 2017: “Paenitentiam agite: The Historical Development of Christianity’s Theology of Repentance.” Francis Schaeffer Institute Annual Lecture, Covenant Seminary
- Mar 23, 2017: “When Wealthy People Become Thieves: The Challenge of Private Property in the Christian Tradition.” St. Thomas Aquinas Annual Lecture, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- Sep 24, 2016: “The Jesuits at St. Mary’s Mission in the 1840s.” 175th Anniversary Celebration of St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville, Montana
- Sep 23, 2016: “Introducing Montana to Non-Montanans: Jesuit Letter Collections, 1830-1880.” Keynote Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Montana Historical Society’s State History Conference.
- Mar 15, 2015: “How Much is Enough? Private Property in the Christian Tradition.” Neumann University
Previous holders of the CSJ Chair
Dr. Randall S. Rosenberg, 2011-2013
Dr. Jill Raitt, 2008-2011
Dr. Donald Burgo, 2006-2008, Inaugural CSJ Chair