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Brian Matz

Professor / CSJ Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought
Office: Ryan 410


  • PhD and STD, Social Ethics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • PhD, Early Christian Studies, St. Louis University
  • ThM, Historical Theology, Dallas Seminary
  • BSBA, Accounting, Washington University St. Louis



  • 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.

Edited Volumes

  • 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 2019.
  • “Mind and Body in Gregory of Nazianzus.” In A History of Mind and Body in Late Antiquity. Edited by Sophie Cartwright and Anna Marmodoro. Pp. 306-320 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2 (2007): 459-485.
  • “The Kenosis as Pastoral Example in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 12.” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 3-4 (2004): 279-290.

Encyclopedia entries

  • “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.



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