Eugene Ludwig

 Eugene Ludwig
Address2301 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA 94708

Professor of History and Patristic Theology, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Professor of History and Patristic Theology, Graduate Theological Union

B.A., St. Anthony’s College, 1968
B.D., M.Th., Maryknoll Seminary, New York;, 1971
M.A., Manhattan College, 1972
Th.D., Graduate Theological Union,

Fr. Eugene is interested in the way that Christianity and late antique society interacted with one another. With respect to philosophy, Fr. Eugene is interested in Platonism and what happens to it as it moves through the period of late antiquity. Fr. Eugene sees philosophy as a formative tool in the development of the human person. Consequently his methodology for teaching involves using primary texts and showing students ways of reading the primary texts that inform them on events, people, and culture with respect to a historical context. Fr. Eugene sees teaching as a way for people to come away with a new perspective and to have a deeper understanding of the human person.

The courses Fr. Eugene Ludwig teaches are:

History of Ancient Philosophy
History of Early Christianity
Hellenistic Philosophy
His other academic interests are: Church Fathers; Religion in Late Antiquity; the Relation between Religion and Philosophy; and religious practices such as theurgy and magic.

Fr. Eugene is currently working on Cyril of Alexandria’s Paschal Letters, with a point of view about what Cyril the Bishop was saying to his people in these letters. The letters are not written to a monastic audience, but ordinary people. The letters contain Cyril the Bishop’s views of fasting and asceticism from his Christology. Fr. Eugene is also working on Christian Funerary Art, the connection that is made in art, of the parallels, for example, of Moses striking the rock in the desert and the raising of Lazarus. Finally, Fr. Eugene is working on a particular area of Patristic exegesis, how the Church Fathers read St. Paul. It is impossible to read the Fathers without understanding that they are interpreting St. Paul, and that they are deeply immersed in the continuity between Adam and Christ, Grace and Salvation, and all Christology which comes from St. Paul.

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