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The academic study of theology aims to investigate the nature of God and interpret various dimensions of human religious experience. Theology studies what people believe about God and the fundamental nature of reality and why they hold those beliefs.

Theology examines what people do in religious groups and institutions to express their beliefs, and what motivates people to adopt a religious outlook on life. Theology studies the past with a view to understanding its influence on the present and the future.

Franciscan Studies focuses on figures and movements connected to the religious way of life initiated by Francis (d. 1226) and Clare of Assisi (d. 1253)

Students who take courses in Theology and Franciscan Studies can expect to learn more about the beliefs, values, and practices of religious people around the world, with special attention to the Christian tradition. Some courses focus on a particular theological theme or issue that has been debated by scholars over the centuries, while others explore the role of religion in contemporary society or examine the relation between religion and other realms of thought (science, philosophy, art, etc.).

In the midst of this diversity, one concern remains paramount: to equip students with intellectual concepts and methods to enable them to think carefully and systematically about the ultimate questions of life in the company of others who have explored these questions before them.

For more information about the Theology and Franciscan Studies program at St. Bonaventure, email the department chair, Dr. Joshua Benson.

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    Nov 14, 2019 | Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., presented a workshop to senior management at D'Youville College on "Mission in Multiple Voices: Innovation in Higher Ed Today."

    Oct 31, 2019 | As special assistant for dialogue with Islam for the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D., director of St. Bonaventure's Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, has been speaking in a variety of venues on the 800th anniversary of St. Francis' encounter with the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219.

    Oct 16, 2019 | Dr. Oleg Bychkov, professor of theology and Franciscan studies, delivered a lecture on the aesthetics of the so-called Sum of Alexander of Hales (Summa Halensis), an influential early 13th century Franciscan theological treatise, at the colloquium “The Summa Halensis: Philosophy and Reception” held at Trinity College, Oxford, on Sept. 23.