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Paul Allen, PhD

Professor [Undergraduate & Honours Program Advisor], Theological Studies

Office: S-D 302 
D Annex,
2140 Bishop
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2492

Brief biography

Dr. Paul Allen is Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He specializes in systematic theology, the science-theology dialogue and theological anthropology. His publications include his doctoral dissertation, published as Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue and (with Peter M.J. Hess) Catholicism and Science. More recently, he has written Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: T & T Clark, 2012) as well as articles in journals such as Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Heythrop Journal of Theology and Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosphie.

He has taught courses introducing theology, on political theology, the Christian Understanding of God, Christian understandings of sin and nature and on the thought of Pope Benedict XVI.

In the winter semester of 2017-18, he will teach a course on science-religion dialogue.

His most recent research grant project is entitled: "Creatures of God: An Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue on Sin, Evolution and Human Nature". (2013-15)

Publications and Lectures


Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T & TClark, 2012

Catholicism and Science. Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion; co-authored with Peter M.J. Hess. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Co., 2008. [Note: Equal responsibilities in writing and compilation. Paul Allen wrote chapters 4,5 and 6]

McMullin and Critical Realism in theScience-Theology Dialogue. Aldershot, United Kingdom: AshgatePublishing Co., 2006.

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Sin and Natural Theology: An Augustinian Framework Beyond Barth” Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 57, 1 (2015), 14-31.

“An Augustinian Philosopher Between Dualism and Materialism: Ernan McMullin on Human Emergence.” Zygon:Journal of Religion and Science vol.48, n.2 (June, 2013): 1-12.

 “McMullin's Augustinian Settlement: TheConsonance between Faith and Science.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly vol. 86, n.2 (Spring, 2012): 331-342.

“Upholding the Humanum:Science and Theology’s Foundational Character.” Heythrop Journal of  Theologyvol. 47, n.3 (July, 2006): 367-86.

Projected Monograph

Creaturehood: Sin, Science and Theological Anthropology. (2018)

Recent Book Chapters

“Augustine and the Systematic Theology of Origins.” In Augustine and Science, edited by K. Paffenroth, 9-26. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

“Le role de l’explication dans le réalisme critique : une épistemologie pour la science et la théologie.”   In
Raisons d’Être: Le sens à l’épreuve de la science et de la religion, edited by Solange Lefebvre, 101-112. Montreal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2008.

Forthcoming Articles

“Lonergan, Science and God: Phenomenology and Faith”(2017)

“Darwinian Conservatism as Political Theology: Nature and Subsidiarity”

“Doctrine and Verification”

Forthcoming keynote Lectures

Renewing Natural Theology (subtitle to come). University of Notre Dame. April 4, 2017.

The Quest for Consonance: Theology and the Natural Science conference. (The Centre for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing).

Projected Forthcoming Lecture

“Postcolonial Peace:Political Theology and An Anthropology of Principled Subsidiarity”(venue to be confirmed)

Teaching activities

Recent Courses Taught

THEO 201 Introduction to Theology
THEO 233 Religious Pluralism in a Secular Culture
THEO 333
Jesus Christ in History and Faith
THEO 343 / POLI 389 Religion and Politics

Graduate Level:
THEO 655
Creature and Creator
THEO 603 Method in Theology
THEO 408
Classical Texts: Modern Theologians

Research activities

Grants and Upcoming Lectures

Most Recent Grant: "Creatures of God: An Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue on Sin, Evolution and Human Nature" ($84,000, The BioLogos Foundation, 2013-16)

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