J. Matthew Ashley

J. Matthew  Ashley

Associate Professor
Department Chair
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology


Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School (1993)
M.T.S. Weston School of Theology (1988)
B.S. St Louis University (1982)

Research and Teaching Interests

Science and theology
Political and liberation theology
Christian spirituality

Recent Publications


2015. Take Lord and Receive all My Memory: Toward an Anamnestic Mysticism, 2015 Pere Marequette Lecture. Miwaukee: Marquette University Press.
Ed. with Kevin Burke, SJ, and Rodolfo Cardenal, SJ. 2014. A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuría. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books. 
1998. Interruptions: Mysticism, Politics and Theology in the Work of Johann Baptist Metz. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Book Chapters:

2015. “Is it Providential, by Chance?”, in Chance in Evolution, ed. Grant Ramsey & Charles Pence. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2014. “Ignacio Ellacuría:  Spirituality, Discernment and Good News,” in A Grammar of Justice: The Legacy of Ignacio Ellacuría, ed. Ashley, Burke and Cardenal. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books.
2014. “Memory, Mysticism and Testimony,” in Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom, ed. Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis.
2010. “Reading the Universe Story Theologically: The Contribution of a Biblical Narrative Imagination,”  Theological Studies vol. 71 (December 2010)
2010. “Teaching Catholic Theology in the Coming Decade: Report from a Consultation,” Horizons vol. 37, no. 2 (Fall 2010).
2010. "A Contemplative under the Standard of Christ: Ignacio Ellacuría's Interpretation of Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality vol. 10 (fall 2010).

2010. “The University as an Instrument of Consolation in the Modern World,” The Way, 49/2 (April 2010), 21–36.


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