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Paul Allen, PhD

Professor {On Leave}, Theological Studies

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

Brief biography

Dr. Paul Allen is on Leave for 2019-20. He is currently Academic Dean, Corpus Christi College, Vancouver. 

He was 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 Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Ashgate / Routledge) as well as Catholicism and Science
 (Greenwood / ABC Clio, co-authored with Peter M.J. Hess).

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, Open Theology (DeGruyter) 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.

His last research grant was funded by the SCIO programme and is titled: "
Evolution and Human Nature: Christian Rule in Theological Perspective". (2018-20)

Publications and Lectures


Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T & T Clark, 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].

Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue. (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006.)

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Lonergan, Science and God: Realism, Experience and Emergent Probability” in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly vol. 92:2 (Spring, 2018), 373-389.

“Is there Verification in Theology?” Open Theology [DeGruyter] Vol. 3 Issue 1.Special Issue: Analytic Perspectives on Method and Authority in Theology. Sept.2, 2017. 

“Evolutionary Psychology and Romans 5-7: The 'Slavery to Sin' in Human Nature” Ex Auditu, vol. 32 (2017), 50-64.

“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: The Consonance 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  Theology vol. 47, n.3 (July, 2006): 367-86.

Projected Monograph

Creaturehood: Sin, Science and Theological Anthropology. (2019)

Recent Book Chapters

“The Golden Mean in a Political Darwinism: Science, Religion, and Authenticity” in Navigating Post-truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology, edited by Jennifer Baldwin, 31-41. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2018.

“Curricular Heresy:Theological Religious Studies and the Assessment of Religious Pluralism in Canada.” in Religion in the Public Sphere, edited by Solange Lefebvre and LoriBeaman, pp. 237-54. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“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.

Recent Invited Lectures and Talks

Post-Liberal Monarchism and Natural Theology” Monarchism and Modernity Conference. University of Cambridge, Jan. 8, 2019.

“Responding to Christopher Southgate” American Academy of Religion, Science,Technology and Religion Group. Nov. 17-21, 2018. 


Panel Respondent to Joshua R. Farris’s book The Soul of Theological Anthropology. Evangelical Philosophical Society, Nov. 17-21, 2018. 

“Only Theology can save the University” Memorial University of Newfoundland. October 18, 2018.

Against Social Darwinism: Select Scientific and Theological Interpretations of Natural Selection and Cooperation in Modern Thought” Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, April 23, 2018.

"Renewing Natural Theology", 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


Teaching activities

Recent Courses Taught

THEO 201 Introduction to Theology
THEO 298 Science and Religion
THEO 333
Jesus Christ in History and Faith
THEO 343 / POLI 389 Religion and Politics

Graduate Level:
THEO 655 Theological Anthropology
THEO 603 Method in Theology

Research activities

2018 - 2020 Research Grant

Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford programme: US$18,200 (approx.).

Title:  Evolution and Human Nature: Christian Rule in Theological Perspective 

Key Features: Monograph (2nd. volume of a 3 volume Systematic theology), edited Textbook on Science, Politics and Christianity and a Montreal science and religion student network.

2013- 2016 Research Grant

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

Key Feature: Monograph: Creaturehood: Sin, Science and Theological Anthropology (forthcoming).

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