Senior Fellows

Dr. Aaron Canty

Dr. Canty teaches courses in historical theology and church history. His current research focuses on the development of medieval Christology, eschatology, and scriptural exegesis. He has recently published Light and Glory: The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2011) and has contributed articles to several academic journals and edited volumes.


Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • 2010-2012 - Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Xavier University
  • ​2006-2010 - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Xavier University

EDUCATION

2006 - Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame. Dissertation - “The Transfiguration of Christ among the Early Franciscans and Dominicans.”
Director: Joseph Wawrykow
Readers: Lawrence Cunningham, Brian Daley, S.J., Thomas Prügl
Secondary Area: Systematic Theology   

1997 - M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thesis - “The Origins and Development of Mendicant Education at Paris, Oxford, and Cambridge.”
Director: William J. Courtenay

1995 - B.A., History, Lawrence University

PUBLICATIONS

Book
Light and Glory: The Transfiguration of Christ in Early Franciscan and Dominican Theology (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011)

Articles

  • “Saint Paul in Augustine,” in A Companion to St. Paul in the Middle Ages, ed. Steven R. Cartwright (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 115-142
  • “Christ’s Transfiguration in the Postillae of John of La Rochelle” [introduction and edition], Archivum Franciscanum Historicum 3-4 (2011): 421-483
  • “The Nuptial Imagery of Christ and the Church in Augustine’s Enarrationes in psalmos,” in Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality, Vol. 1: Thematic Studies (London-New York: T & T Clark, 2009), 225-235
  • “Augustine’s Totus Christus Hermeneutic for Interpreting the Psalms,” Biblical Research 53 (2008): 59-67
  • “Bonaventurian Resonances in Benedict XVI’s Theology of Revelation,” Nova et Vetera 5(2) (2007): 249-266

Reviews

  • “Wisdom Literature,” review essay of Ressourcement Thomism: Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life, ed. Reinhard Hütter and Matthew Levering (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010).  The Living Church 245(7) (2012): 13-14
  • “Debating Sacrosanctum Concilium,” review essay of John F. Baldovin, Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2008).  The Living Church 243(2) (2011): 14-16
  • “Balancing Letter and Spirit,” review essay of Henri de Lubac, Medieval Exegesis: The Four Sense of Scripture, vol. 3 (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009).  The Living Church 242(5) (2011): 12-14
  • Gregory LaNave, Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology according to St. Bonaventure (Rome: Istituto Storico dei Cappuccini, 2005).  Nova et Vetera 6(3) (2008): 697-700

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Scriptural Interpretation in John of La Rochelle’s Commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels and the Summa fratris Alexandri.”  International Congress on Medieval Studies,  May, 2012 
  • “God’s Determinatio in Nicholas of Lyra’s Commentary on Job.”  International Congress on Medieval Studies, May, 2011
  • “Aquinas and Scotus on God as Object of Beatific Enjoyment.”  Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies (The Metaphysics of Aquinas and Its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives), Fordham University, March, 2011
  • “Sacramentality and Anti-Judaism in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Interpretations of Galatians 3:28.”  Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November, 2010
  • “Approaches to the Psalms in Hugh of St. Cher and Thomas Aquinas.”  International Congress on Medieval Studies, May, 2010
  • “Christology and Ecclesiology in Early Latin Interpretations of Psalm 22:1.” Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Region Annual Meeting, February, 2010
  • “The Interpretation of Christ’s Transfiguration in Early Gnostic and Christian Literature.”  Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Region Annual Meeting, February, 2008
  • “The Ecclesiological Hermeneutic of Albert the Great’s Super Matthaeum.”  American Society of Church History Winter Meeting, January, 2008
  • “The Nuptial Imagery of Christ and the Church in Augustine’s Enarrationes in psalmos.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November, 2007
  • “The Contribution of John of La Rochelle to Scholastic Exegesis.”  International Congress on Medieval Studies, May, 2007
  • “Augustine’s Totus Christus Hermeneutic.” Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Region Annual Meeting, February, 2007
  • “John of La Rochelle and ‘divisio textus.’” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November, 2006 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • “The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Athanasius,” St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Lisle, IL, October, 2012
  • “Athanasius of Alexandria: Theologian of the Incarnation.” Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago, January, 2012
  • “Justin Martyr: Early Christian Engagement with Greek Philosophy.”  Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago, October, 2011
  • “Aquinas and Scotus on the Metaphysics of the Resurrection” Classical/Pre-Modern Colloquium, Saint Xavier University, February, 2011
  • “Bonaventure of Bagnoregio on Crucifixion and Negative Theology.” Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago, February, 2010
  • “Suffering and Martyrdom in Early Christianity.”  Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue of Chicago Meeting, October, 2008
  • “The Eucharistic and Christological Contexts of the Mystical Body of Christ in Early Scholasticism.”  Ave Maria University, December, 2007
  • “The Unedited Commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels by Alexander of Hales and John of La Rochelle.”  Text Editing Workshop, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, July, 2007
  • “Bodily ‘Gifts’: An Eschatological Approach to High Medieval Christology.” Center for Educational Practice Annual Research Conference, Saint Xavier University, March, 2007
  • “Three Scholastic Interpretations of the Transfiguration: Albert the Great, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas.” Saint Xavier University, May, 2006
  • “The Image of God according to Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II.” University of Scranton, January, 2006
  • “The Eschatological Dimensions of Christ’s Transfiguration according to Saint Albert the Great.”  History of Christianity Colloquium, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, April, 2005
  • “The Mystical Body of Christ in Early Scholastic Treatises.” International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Gaming, Austria, October, 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • RELST 253: Christian Theology: Sacraments
  • RELST 260: Christian Theology: Church
  • RELST 262: Christian Theology: God
  • RELST 264: Christian Theology: The Human Person
  • RELST 271: Jesus and the Gospels 
  • RELST 278: Encountering the Bible through the Centuries
  • RELST 279: Reformation
  • RELST 284: Religious Experience in the Early Church
  • RELST 286: Medieval Spirituality
  • RELST 299: Special Topics: Christianity and Modernity
  • RELST 362: Seminar in the History of Theology
  • RELST 390: Senior Study 
  • PASGR 520: Patristics to Trent

APPOINTMENTS

  • Visiting Scholar, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame - 2006-2012
  • Temporary adjunct instructor for University of Saint Mary of the Lake –2006-2012
    Taught Church History/Ecclesiology for the Archdiocese of Chicago Collaborative Program and Called and Gifted Program at Saint Xavier University 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Representative of the Archdiocese of Chicago in the joint Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue of Chicago program – 2006-2012
  • Director of Religious Education, St. Mary Parish, Park Forest, Ill. – 2009-2012
  • Instructor for Diocese of Joliet’s Cardinal Newman Institute for Lay Formation – 2012