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Scott Moringiello

  • Associate Professor
  • ​​​​Ph​​D, University of Notre Dame​​
  • Catholic Studies
  • Faculty
  • ​​​"Religious" themes in contemporary Anglophone literature; the history of Biblical exegesis (especially Irenaeus of Lyon and the Patristic period more generally)​​​

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I joined the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul in the fall of 2014. Before DePaul, I taught as a postdoctoral fellow in Villanova University’s Augustine and Culture Seminar. I received my PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. I received an MPhil in divinity from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (UK) in 2003, and I studied philosophy and classics as an undergraduate at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

My research interests follow along two distinct lines. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Irenaeus of Lyon, a second-century bishop and one of the first great theologians of the Christian tradition. I am interested in how Ireaneus employs methods from the Greco-Roman intellectual context in which he lived for the service of “orthodox” interpretation of the Scriptures. My future work in this field will continue this trajectory and pay particular attention to how Christians of the first four centuries understood love (agape) as constitutive of their identity and their interpretation of Scripture. That is, I’m interested in how literary theories and approaches influenced the reading of Christian Scriptures and thus Christian theology.

My other research interest is in “religious” (especially Christian) themes in contemporary Anglophone literature. In this field, I am interested in exploring those authors whose characters and plots evince little evidence for explicit religious faith, but who can be understood more fruitfully with explicitly religious ideas in mind. In this way, I am interested in how Christian theology might inform our understanding of literary texts.

The Catholic Studies Department at DePaul is the perfect place for me to explore my teaching interests, which range from theology to history to literature. In theology, I teach a course called “Introduction to Catholicism,” which introduces students to key Catholic beliefs, practices, texts, and authors. In history, I teach the first class in our history of Christianity sequence, which covers the life of Jesus to around the year 1200. And in literature, I teach courses such as “Literature and the Sacred,” “Catholicism and Literature,” and “Contemporary Spiritual Memoirs.” As I continue my time at DePaul, I look forward to expanding my teaching repertoire.