Paul J. DaPonte

Biography

Professor DaPonte has taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Stonehill since 2009.  Before that, he lectured in theology and philosophy at Boston College and taught religious studies at Salve Regina University. Since coming to Stonehill, he has served as Vice President for Mission, during which time he established The Farm at Stonehill and the annual St. André lecture.
Having earlier received his masters and licentiate degrees at the University of Louvain in Belgium, DaPonte returned there to pursue his PhD and STD months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These tragic events inspired his doctoral dissertation, “Re-membering 9/11: Trinitarian Self-Donation in a Time of Terror,” later revised and published by Orbis Books as Hope in an Age of Terror (2009). During a research year at Oxford University, he concurrently served as a theological consultant/curriculum writer for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
DaPonte’s research interests include theology of person and theological anthropology, liberation theologies, Trinity and identity, and religion and violence. He is currently working on a book project which re-envisions Catholic university mission for the 21st century.

Courses Taught

  • Religion Cornerstone: Abrahamic Faith
  • The God Question
  • The Mystery of Evil
  • Authentic Personhood
  • Bonhoeffer's Christianity for a World Come of Age
  • Postmodern Christianities

Education

  • B.A., English, Providence College
  • B.A. & M.A., Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • S.T.L., Systematic Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Ph.D. and S.T.D., Systematics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Accomplishments

  • 2011 Stonehill College Student Government Association Faculty Appreciation Award