Michael J. Dodds

Fr. Michael J. Dodds

Address2301 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA 94708

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

M.A., St. Albert’s College,
M.Div., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
M.A., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
S.T.D., University of Fribourg,

How do we talk about God? How do we speak of one who infinitely exceeds all that we can know or imagine? Our inclination is to picture God as somehow like us, only bigger and better. This is to speak of God univocally, to assume that our words mean just the same thing, whether we say them of God or of creatures. But when God is conceived in this way, it soon looks like God’s activity must interfere with the agency of creatures whether with human freedom or with contingency and chance in nature. There is therefore an urgent need in theology today to recover the language of analogy, which begins with the affirmation that God is not like us.

Fr. Michael hopes to instill in his students an integration of Classical Philosophy and Theology with current questions and issues. His teaching style evokes a Socratic dialogue with his students, which at least initially involves not so much supplying answers as exploring questions. He enjoys interacting with students, exchanging ideas, allowing the tradition to challenge student and student to challenge the tradition.

The courses Fr. Michael Dodds teaches are:

  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • One Creator God
  • The Trinity
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Divine Action
  • God and Suffering

Fr. Michael is currently working on a book about Divine Action. Given the scientific account of causality and the world, how can we conceive of God as acting in the world and causing events? His other academic interests are: Theology and Science; Thomas Aquinas; and Theodicy

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