Department of Theology

Dr. Bill Madges

Department/Beckman Chair, Theology Department

Before returning to Xavier in fall 2018, Bill served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2006-2013) and Professor of Theology (2013-2018) at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. During his previous tenure at Xavier (1983-2006), Bill served as Chair of the Theology Department for nine years and also spent a semester teaching at the University of Tübingen in Germany as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. He earned an Honors A.B. degree from Xavier University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Christian theology from the University of Chicago. He completed additional study at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem (2008 and 2009) and at Harvard University (2012).

Bill’s area of expertise is historical theology in the Reformation and modern periods, with a special interest in the Second Vatican Council and Jewish-Catholic relations. Among his recent publications are “Covenant, Universal Mission, and Fulfillment,” in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, no.1 (2017):1-12; and translations of several works by Cardinal Walter Kasper, including Kasper’s Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective (Paulist Press, 2016); Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness and Love (Paulist Press, 2015) and Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2014). Bill is currently doing research on Roman Catholic biblical scholarship in the 18th and 19th centuries.

He enjoys teaching Can Only One Religion Be True? and is eager to develop new courses.