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T. Adam Van Wart, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY
Email:
thomas.vanwart@avemaria.edu
Phone:
(239) 304-7825
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Office:
Henkels 3008

T. Adam Van Wart, Ph.D.

Presently, Dr. Van Wart is Associate Professor of Theology & Director of Undergraduate Studies in Theology at Ave Maria University.

When it comes to the classroom, Dr. Van Wart enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses across a broad spectrum of theological topics, always with the aim of helping to habituate students into a deeper understanding & appreciation of the grammar of Catholic faith in all its holistic beauty.

In terms of theological research, Dr. Van Wart works primarily in the fields of systematic/constructive & philosophical/fundamental theology. His most current academic research explores how theology might transfigure and deploy philosophical quietism for the sake of dissolving recurrent confusions regarding the relationship between first & second order intentionality with respect to the Church’s speech & knowledge of God. His research interests also include Christology, the development of doctrine, “mystery” as a theological category, theological appropriations of analytic philosophy, ecumenism, & late medieval scholastic theology.

Regarding academic honors, Dr. Van Wart was the Academy of Catholic Theology's very first recipient of the Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J. Research Fellowship for Philosophy in Theology.

He is also, by God’s inestimable grace, a native Texan.

Education

B.S., Psychology, Texas Christian University; M.A., Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary; Th.M., Systematic Theology Dallas Theological Seminary; M.T.S., Theology, Duke University; Ph.D., Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University

About

Books Authored:

Neither Nature nor Grace: Aquinas, Barth, & Garrigou-Lagrange on the Epistemic Use of God’s Effects. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2020).

Theological Quietism: An Exercise in the Order of Knowing. (in progress)

Books Co-Authored:

w/ Samuel Shephard, Person, Place, and Catholic Environmental Stewardship. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, under contract).

Books Edited:

Love Become Incarnate: Essays in Honor of Bruce D. Marshall. eds. Justus H. Hunter, T. Adam Van Wart, David L. Whidden III (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2023).

Bruce D. Marshall, The Primacy of Christ: Faith, Reason, and the Cross. eds. T. Adam Van Wart and David Moser (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, under contract).

Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters:

“He That Is Spiritual: Aquinas, Paul, and the Primacy of Cruciform Wisdom.” Nova et Vetera (forthcoming)

“Aquinas the Biblical Theologian?  Sacra Pagina and the Problem of Reason’s Preceding Contingency in Thomas” in Proceedings of the XI International Thomistic Congress. ed. Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP (Rome: Urbaniana University Press, forthcoming).

“The Light within the Cloud: Maximus and Thomas on Jesus and the Theological Grammar of ‘Being’” in Maximos and the Latin Tradition, eds. Thomas Cattoi and Kevin Clarke (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming).

Natum ante omnia saecula: Sense, Nonsense, and the Grammar of Theology,” in Love Become Incarnate: Essays in Honor of Bruce D. Marshall. eds. Justus Hunter, T Adam Van Wart, and David Whidden (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2023), 229-47.

Anima mea non est ego: Thomas, Beatitude, & the Human Person” in Hope and Death: Christian Responses. eds. Michael Dauphinais and Roger Nutt (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2022), 195-210.

“Aquinas’ Eschatological Historiography: Job, Providence, & the Multiple Senses of the Historical Event.” Pro Ecclesia 30, no.1 (Winter 2021): 32-50.

“Aquinas on the Linguistic Intelligibility of the Mystically Ineffable,” in Initiation and Mystagogy in Thomas Aquinas: Scriptural, Systematic, Sacramental and Moral, and Pastoral Perspectives, eds. Jörgen Vijgen, Jacco Verburgt, and Henk J. M. Schoot (Leuven, Paris, Bristol CT: Peeters, 2019), 105-22.

Education

Prior to joining the faculty at AMU, Dr. Van Wart earned a PhD in Religious Studies with a concentration in systematic theology from Southern Methodist University; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke University Divinity School; both a (4-year) Master of Theology degree & a Master of Arts in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary; & a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas Christian University.

Research and Publications

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Books Authored:

Neither Nature nor Grace: Aquinas, Barth, & Garrigou-Lagrange on the Epistemic Use of God’s Effects. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2020).

Theological Quietism: An Exercise in the Order of Knowing. (in progress)

Books Co-Authored:

w/ Samuel Shephard, Person, Place, and Catholic Environmental Stewardship. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, under contract).

Books Edited:

Love Become Incarnate: Essays in Honor of Bruce D. Marshall. eds. Justus H. Hunter, T. Adam Van Wart, David L. Whidden III (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2023).

Bruce D. Marshall, The Primacy of Christ: Faith, Reason, and the Cross. eds. T. Adam Van Wart and David Moser (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, under contract).

Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters:

“He That Is Spiritual: Aquinas, Paul, and the Primacy of Cruciform Wisdom.” Nova et Vetera (forthcoming)

“Aquinas the Biblical Theologian?  Sacra Pagina and the Problem of Reason’s Preceding Contingency in Thomas” in Proceedings of the XI International Thomistic Congress. ed. Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP (Rome: Urbaniana University Press, forthcoming).

“The Light within the Cloud: Maximus and Thomas on Jesus and the Theological Grammar of ‘Being’” in Maximos and the Latin Tradition, eds. Thomas Cattoi and Kevin Clarke (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming).

Natum ante omnia saecula: Sense, Nonsense, and the Grammar of Theology,” in Love Become Incarnate: Essays in Honor of Bruce D. Marshall. eds. Justus Hunter, T Adam Van Wart, and David Whidden (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2023), 229-47.

Anima mea non est ego: Thomas, Beatitude, & the Human Person” in Hope and Death: Christian Responses. eds. Michael Dauphinais and Roger Nutt (St. Paul, MN: Emmaus Academic Press, 2022), 195-210.

“Aquinas’ Eschatological Historiography: Job, Providence, & the Multiple Senses of the Historical Event.” Pro Ecclesia 30, no.1 (Winter 2021): 32-50.

“Aquinas on the Linguistic Intelligibility of the Mystically Ineffable,” in Initiation and Mystagogy in Thomas Aquinas: Scriptural, Systematic, Sacramental and Moral, and Pastoral Perspectives, eds. Jörgen Vijgen, Jacco Verburgt, and Henk J. M. Schoot (Leuven, Paris, Bristol CT: Peeters, 2019), 105-22.

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