Christopher Renz

Fr. Christopher Renz
Address2301 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA 94708

Assistant Professor in Religion and the Arts, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

B.S., St. Peter’s College,
M.Div., Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology,
M.A., Graduate Theological Union,
Ph.D., Northwestern University,

Dynamic interaction between their particular religious tradition and their personal life.

Trained as a microbiologist, Fr. Chris is interested in the interface between science and spirituality, particularly in those areas of science which impact daily life choices (the “spirituality” of faith). In his course on “Biotechnology and Spirituality,” Fr. Chris combines this academic interest with his own love for food through an in-depth exploration of sustainable alternatives to industrialized agriculture and food preparation.

Fr. Chris also has a passion for poetry, particularly those more “contemplative” authors who make vivid connections between the Divine and daily life. Some of his favorite writers include St. John of the Cross, T. S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, Annie Dillard, and William Stafford. Having served for nearly fifteen years as general editor of the DSPT publication, Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry, Fr Chris is committed to the interchange between religion, philosophy, and the fine arts. Reading selected works from Plotinus, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Jacques Maritain alongside a variety of contemporary poets, Fr. Chris explores the relationship between creativity, the fine arts (particularly poetry), and our ability to encounter the Divine in a course entitled, “Poetry & Creative Intuition.”

In his current work as academic dean, Fr. Chris enjoys being part of an administrative team strongly committed to enlivening the mission of the School. He spent a good portion of his recent sabbatical (Spring 2008 in Italy) writing the history of St. Albert College (the “parent” of DSPT). That project is drawing to conclusion, with the final text available in mid-Spring 2009.

Select Publications:


“Brookhurst: The Perry Legacy of Hospitality.”Alameda County Historical Society Quarterly XXXIII, No. 4 (Oct 2007).
“The College of St. Albert the Great: Following the Legacy of Its Patron.” Ad Gentes (Autumn 2007).
Review of Genetic Engineering, A Christian Response. CTNS Bulletin 21.3 (Summer 2001): 27-29.
Review of The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate. CTNS Bulletin 21.3 (Summer 2001): 25-27.
“Putting the Johannine Pericopes in Context: A Liturgical Approach to Preaching the Scrutinies.” Catechumenate 22 (No. 6, November 2000): 20-30.
“Christian Education and the Confirmation Debate: Towards a Theology of Catechesis,” Journal of Christian Education 41 (No. 1, 1998): 53-65.

Review for Religious. September/October 2001.
Cresset. Spring 1996; Lent 1997; Pentecost 1997.

Areas of Interest

Religion; Arts and ScienceTheology;

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