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Rubén Rosario Rodríguez
Associate Professor, Department of Theological Studies
Director, MA in Theology
Secondary Appointment, Center for International Studies
Director, Mev Puleo Scholarship Program
Saint Louis University
"The future begins in the dream of what could and ought to be." (Virgilio Elizondo)
"Any tool is a weapon if you hold it properly." (Ani DiFranco)
I joined the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University in August 2004 with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before starting doctoral studies I completed a B.A. in Philosophy (with a minor in History) from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
I approach the discipline of systematic theology, defined as critical reflection on the Christian community’s beliefs and practices in response to God’s revelation (Gutiérrez), as a constructive theologian who, while sensitive to issues of historicity, addresses the contemporary situation first and foremost. My research agenda is circumscribed by two prominent influences—Roman Catholic Latin American liberation theology and the Calvinist Reformed theological tradition—and my published works are in great part an attempt to read liberation theology through the lens of the Reformed tradition.
My first book, Racism and God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective (New York University Press, 2008), presents a theological analysis of race in North America that draws upon the work of U.S. Latino/a theologians while employing John Calvin as a model for public theology. Recently this book was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Theology for 2011. In January 2013 an anthology on liberative ethics edited by Miguel De La Torre included my contribution on Hispanic Ethics: Ethics: A Liberative Approach (Fortress Press, 2013). Currently I am working on a book-length study of martyrdom entitled Faithful Witness: Christian Martyrdom as Radical Nonviolence, to be completed by January 2014.
I teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Theological Studies, with courses cross-listed in the Women's Studies Program and the Spanish Department. Currently I am teaching an MA seminar on Christology (THEO 544-01) and the Junior Seminar for majors on Sources and Methods (THEO 354-01). As a liberation theologian I am particularly interested in integrating theory with praxis and have taken advantage of Saint Louis University’s commitment to service-learning in order to encourage my students to merge classroom learning with practical experience in order to foster responsible social action. I am also director of the Mev Puleo Scholaship in Latin American Theology and Culture.