Mark Scott joined the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Stonehill College in 2022. He has published three academic monographs: The Beauty of Souls: Aesthetic Encounters with Marilynne Robinson, Pathways in Theodicy: An Introduction to the Problem of Evil and Journey Back to God: Origen on the Problem of Evil. His essays have appeared in numerous scholarly venues, including Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Religious Studies, and Open Theology, among other publications. 


  • B.A. (Hon.), Religious Studies, McMaster University
  • M.A.R., Theology, Yale Divinity School
  • A.M., Religion, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ph.D., Religion, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Selected Publications and Awards

  • Academic Monographs 
  • Select Articles/Essays
    • 2024 “Origen’s Theological Pedagogy: Education as Soul Formation,” Religious Studies and Theology 43:1 (2024): forthcoming
    • 2023 “Irenaeus and Origen,” in T&T Clark Handbook on Suffering and the Problem of Evil (London: T&T Clark, 2023), 113-117
    • 2022 “Explorations of Emptiness: Spiritual Famine and Fullness in Augustine’s Confessions and Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast,” in Augustine and Contemporary Social Issues, ed. Paul Allen (Routledge, 2022), 48-63
    • 2021 “Faith and Doubt in Gilead: Beyond Spiritual Dichotomies,” Christianity & Literature 70.2 (2021): 142-152
    • 2020 “Befriending Job: Theodicy Amid the Ashes,” Open Theology 6.1 (2020): 319-326
    • 2010 “Suffering and Soul-Making: Rethinking John Hick’s Theodicy,” Journal of Religion 90.3 (2010): 313-334
    • 2006 “Shades of Grace: Origen and Gregory of Nyssa’s Soteriological Exegesis of Song of Songs 1:5,” Harvard Theological Review 99:1 (2006): 65-83
  • Professor Emeritus, Thorneloe University (2021)
  • Purple Chalk Teaching Award, University of Missouri (2012)
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (five-time recipient, 2005-2009)
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Doctoral Fellowship (2005-2006)
  • Marquand Fellowship, Yale Divinity School (2001)