Dr. Andrew Swafford
Andrew Swafford is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College, where he regularly teaches courses on Scripture and Christian moral life. He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake and a master’s degree in Old Testament & Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is author of Spiritual Survival in the Modern World: Insights from C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters; John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Christian Philosophy of Life; and Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement. He is contributing author to Letter & Spirit Vol. 11: Our Beloved Brother Paul—Reception History of Paul in Catholic Tradition; Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy; 30-Second Bible: The 50 Most Meaningful Moments in the Bible; and I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics. Andrew is a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology; he is a regular contributor to Ascension Press’ Bible blog as well as Chastity Project. He lives with his wife Sarah and their four children in Atchison, Kansas.
CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION
Associate Professor of Theology, Benedictine College (Atchison, KS)
TH 210 Old Testament I: Pentateuch; TH 315 Old Testament II: Wisdom Literature; TH 310 Old Testament III: Prophets; TH 240 New Testament I: Synoptic Gospels; TH 101 Intro to Theology; TH 200 Christian Moral Life; TH 377 Spiritual Theology; TH 499 Jesus in Context (Independent Study) TH 450 Senior Seminar: Historical Jesus and Christian Origins; TH 450 Senior Seminar John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility: The Man and His Thought; TH 398 Nature and Grace; TH 398 Biblical Hebrew; TH 398 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew; EA 321 Divine Pedagogy: Catechesis in Scripture; EA 285 New Evangelization; RI 275 Celebrating the Christian Mystery: Introduction to Liturgy and the Sacraments; PH 101 Logic; PH 175 Principles of Nature; PH 325 Ethics
S.T.D., University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, May 2012,
Summa cum laude
Dissertation (directed by Rev. Edward T. Oakes):
The Legacy of Henri de Lubac on Nature and Grace: The Resolution of the Contemporary Debate in the Theology of Matthias J. Scheeben
M.A., Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School, May 2009, Summa cum laude
Master’s Thesis (directed by Willem VanGemeren):
The Valiant Wife of Prov XXXI 10-31 as Embodiment of Royal Wisdom
S.T.L., University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, May 2007,
Summa cum Laude
Licentiate thesis (directed by Rev. Edward T. Oakes):
The Importance of Philosophy of Nature for the Prospect of a Rapprochement between Faith and Reason: Its compatibility with Newtonian science and thereupon its importance for the foundations of systematic theology
B.A., Religious Studies and Philosophy, Benedictine College, 2004, St.
Anselm award winner, cum laude
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Biblical Theology (Old and New Testaments)
Nature and Grace, Matthias J. Scheeben
John Paul II, Love and Responsibility
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE
University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, New Testament Greek:
Benedictine College, Philosophy Department:
Fall of 2007-2008
Benedictine College, Philosophy and Theology Departments:
Fall of 2009-2013
Benedictine College, Theology Department:
Fall of 2013-Present
Spiritual Survival in the Modern World: Insights and Applications from C.S.
Lewis’ Screwtape Letters (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016).
“St. Paul in Matthias Scheeben: The Plenary Significance of the Incarnation,” in
Letter & Spirit Vol. 11 Our Beloved Brother Paul—Reception History of
Paul in Catholic Tradition, ed. Scott Hahn (Steubenville, OH: St. Paul
Center for Biblical Theology, 2016).
“A Biblical Look at Divinization” in Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ
through the Liturgy, ed. Andrew Hofer, OP (Chicago, IL: Hillenbrand, 2015).
John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Christian Philosophy of Life (Eugene,
OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015).
Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement (Eugene, OR:
"Finding the Way: My Journey from Football to Faith" Kansas Monks Spring
2014, vol. 9, no. 1.
“Solomon’s Wisdom, The Annunciation, Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan, Jesus’
Entry into Jerusalem, The Last Supper, The Prodigal Son, The Wedding
at Cana, Pentecost, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, The Book of Revelation,”
in 30-Second Bible, ed. Russell Re Manning (London: Ivy Press, 2013).
“Freedom in Christ” in I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics, ed. Chris
Cuddy and Peter Ericksens, introduction by Scott Hahn (Cincinnati, OH:
“Love and Responsibility,” given with Sarah Swafford, Benedictine College,
April 25, 2016.
“Pentateuch and Matthew,” four one-hour presentations, Alexandria, LA,
Cathedral, March 19, 2016.
“Salvation History: Part I” and “Salvation History: Part II,” Sophia Institute,
Manchester, NH, November 4, 2015.
“One Gospel,” St. Paul’s Outreach, Benedictine College, February 2, 2015.
“Interstellar and Moral Decision Making,” SEEK (FOCUS national conference),
January 1-5, 2015.
“John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Disciple’s Tale,” Fides et Ratio
Day, Benedictine College, April 22, 2014.
“The Majestic Splendor of the New Covenant,” Symposium on Advancing the
New Evangelization: The Transcendentals as a Preamble for Faith, Mar.
“Divinization in Scripture,” Conference entitled Divinization: Participating in the
Divine Nature hosted by the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary,
September 12-13, 2013.
Catechism articles 1-421, four one-hour presentations for Holy Family School of
Faith, held at St. Joseph’s Parish Atchison, KS, November 7, 14, 28,
December 5, 2012.
“Salvation History,” seven one-hour presentations, Benedictine College,
Cathedral summer academic conference for high school students, June 17-22, 2012.
“The Convergence of all Salvation History in the Holy Eucharist,” Kansas
Catholic College Student Convention (KCCSC), Lawrence, KS, February
“Papacy in Light of the Davidic Kingdom,” Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea
Catholic Church, Bucyrus, KS, December 6, 2009.
“Eucharist as Fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover,” Queen of the Holy
Rosary Wea Catholic Church, Bucyrus, KS, October 11, 2009.
First Century Judaism Seminar: The Todah Sacrifice: the Apostles’
Understanding of the Eucharist, respondent, September 8, 2007 Dallas
chapter of Catholics United for the Faith and Remnant of Israel.
“Philosophy and Science: How Formal Causality can make Science Philosophical
and Philosophy Scientific,” Midwest American Academy of Religion, March 31, 2007.
“The New Evangelization,” FOCUS conference, January 2006.
ASCENSION PRESS ARTICLES
“C.S. Lewis on the Difference Between Faith and Emotion,” November 4, 2016.
“What We Can Learn from Zechariah’s Doubt and Mary’s Faith,” September 16,
“A Catholic View of Shame and Modesty,” August 12, 2016.
“A Christian Take on Love,” July 7, 2016.
“St. John Paul II’s Love & Responsibility: A Bird’s Eye View,” June 16, 2016.
“In Revelation, Mary Embodies the Church,” May 12, 2016.
“The Despair of Judas versus the Sorrow of Peter: a Lifesaving Difference,” April
“Reasons to be Confident about the Historical Jesus,” March 22, 2016.
“Lot, Esau, Conversion, and Ash Wednesday,” February 10, 2016.
“The Divinity of Jesus,” January 14, 2016.
“Rejoice—Abundant Life Awaits Us!” December 13, 2015.
“Olivet Discourse and Parousia,” November 29, 2015.
“Ancient Philosophy & the New Testament,” October 9, 2015.
“Memorial: Passion of John the Baptist,” August 28, 2015.
“Last Supper and God’s Love for Us,” August 20, 2015.
“Laudato Si, Creation & Humanism” June 26, 2015.
“Corpus Christi: The King(dom) is Here,” June 7, 2015.
“Jesus’ Brothers and Mary’s Perpetual Virginity,” June 4, 2015.
“Visitation,” May 6, 2015.
“Annunciation,” May 3, 2015.
CHASTITY PROJECT ARTICLES
“C.S. Lewis on How to Persevere in Chastity,” October 24, 2016.
“Sloth and the Restless Heart,” September 20, 2016.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Job 12,
March 1, 2016.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Ruth
1:1-18, November 18, 2015.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Bruce McGregor and Matt Wilkom, discussing
Sacred Tradition, August 18, 2015.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Mt 15:1-
20, June 29, 2015.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing
Revelation 17, February 9, 2015.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Romans
6:1-14, August 25, 2014.
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing my
conversion story, April 22, 2014.
Crossroads Radio, host Mark Newman, discussing my conversion story, March
Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Mark
11:11-26, January 14, 2014.
Nextwave Faithful, host Stephanie Wood, August 9, 2007
CLASSES OF INTEREST
University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML):
History of Christian Thought I (Paul-225 A.D.)
History of Christian Thought II (200-800) (6 hours)
History of Christian Thought III (600-1300) (6 hours)
History of Christian Thought IV (1300-1700) (Robert Barron)
History of Christian Thought V (1700-1900) (Emery DeGaál)
History of Christian Thought VI (1900-1965) (Edward T. Oakes)
History of Christian Thought VII (1965-present) (Edward T. Oakes)
Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Edward T. Oakes)
Apologetics (Edward T. Oakes)
Mariology (Emery DeGaàl)
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS):
Exegesis of Isaiah 40-48 (Willem VanGemeren)
Exodus (James K. Hoffmeier)
Archaeology and the Bible (James K. Hoffmeier)
Ancient Near Eastern History (K. Lawson Younger)
Systematic Theology (Kevin J. Vanhoozer)
Biblical Hebrew (18 hours)
Kimberly Shankman, Academic Dean, Benedictine College
Jean Rioux, Chair of Philosophy, Benedictine College
Richard White, Chair of Theology, Benedictine College
Matthew Ramage, Benedictine College
Mark Zia, Benedictine College
Rev. Emery DeGaál, USML
James K. Hoffmeier, TEDS
Willem VanGemeren, TEDS
Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Edward Sri, Augustine Institute
Cajetan Cuddy, OP
John Kincaid, John Paul the Great Catholic University
Michael Barber, John Paul the Great Catholic University
Brant Pitre, Notre Dame Seminary