J. Matthew Ashley

J. Matthew Ashley

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School

Research and Training Interests

Political and Liberation Theology, Religion and Science, History of Christian Spirituality.

Selected Publications

Interruptions: Mysticism, Politics and Theology in the Work of Johann Baptist Metz. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998.

Take Lord and Receive all My Memory: Toward an Anamnestic Mysticism, 2015 Pere Marequette Lecture. Miwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2015.

"Pope Francis as Interpreter of Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises," Spiritus vol. 17, no.2 (Fall 2017).

Is it Providential, by Chance? Christian Objections to the Role of Chance in Darwinian Evolution, in Chance in Evolution, ed. Grant Ramsey & Charles Pence. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

"The Jesuit University as an Instrument of Mercy," Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal: Vol. 7 : No. 1, Article 3. (2018).


J. Matthew Ashley is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. He received an MTS from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1988, and a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1993, before coming to the University of Notre Dame in the same year. Besides his teaching and research he has served as the Director of Graduate Studies and Department Chair for the Department of Theology. He has written on the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz, and translated and edited four books of Metz's work. He also writes on the liberation philosophy and theology of Ignacio Ellacuria, and on the relationship between science and religion, with a focus on responses to Darwin in the United States from the 1890's until the present. He has just completed a book on the impact of Ignatian spirituality on Catholic theology in the past one hundred years. He has been a Henry Luce III Fellow in theology and just finished a term as the Wolfgang Huber Professor for Ecumenical Theology at the University of Heidelberg.



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