Regular Faculty

Fr. Edward Krasevac, OP

DSPT Professor - Fr. Edward Krasevac, OP

Professor of Theology

     Theology Department Chair

Office Location: East 200
Phone: 510-883-2082
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:00 am-11:00 am;
Mondays/Thursdays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am


BA, University of Santa Clara; MA (Philosophy), MDiv, St. Albert College; STL, Jesuit School of Theology; PhD, Graduate Theological Union.


To recognize principles and to be able to think from principles, so that students see the forest instead of all the little trees.

Fr. Edward understands his teaching as an attempt to show students how to think theologically; his lectures are extemporaneous, making use of student questions and comments in order to facilitate theological thinking. His teaching also has important outcomes for him, as he sees things he has never seen before by virtue of presenting ideas in class and thinking through issues with his students. In Fundamental Moral Theology he has dealt with the basic questions of human life, such as obligation, action, freedom and responsibility. In Christology he addresses the important classical and contemporary questions regarding Jesus Christ, from the early dogmatic development of Patristic Christology to the modern attempts to construct a historical Christology.

He teaches seminars on the work of the seminal cultural and intellectual historian, Richard Tarnas, examining in particular the gradual loss of the Greek concept of form in modernity, and its discovery in depth psychology and archetypal astrology, and on Jean Porter’s development of Aquinas’ understanding of natural law, which emphasizes its theological context and "under-determination" of natural moralities.

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

He has written on issues in Fundamental Moral Theology, such as the relation of will and intellect in the dynamic of human freedom, and on the concept of "praeter intentionem" in Aquinas and its relation to the principle of double effect. He argues that traditional developments of the principle of double effect have too often compromised some of the basic insights of Aquinas' notion of that which is "outside of the intention," particularly that we may be only indirectly responsible for certain actions that much of the recent theological tradition has been too quick to characterize as directly voluntary. He has written as well on the relation between the relationship of the "Historical Jesus" (the Jesus known through critical-historical scriptural exegesis) and the "Christ of Faith" (the Risen Lord still present and active in the Church).

Selected Publications:

Articles and Chapters

  • “Salvation 'Thanks to' or 'In Spite of' the Cross?” New Blackfriars 93 (2011): 572-579.
  • “The Intractably Hard Cases of Lethal Defense of Life: Continuing Reflections on Praeter Intentionem,” Angelicum 87 (2010): 273-282.
  • "Clericalism and the Religious Life." Review for Religious 66 (June, 2007): 248-64.
  • "Can Effects That Are Inevitable and Instrumental Be Praeter Intentionem? Another Look At Aquinas" Understanding of Sit Proportionatus Fini." Angelicum 82 (2005): 77-88.
  • "Goodness and Rightness Ten Years Later: A Look Back at James Keenan and his Critics." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (2003).
  • "Between Fideism and Reductionism: Jean Porter on the NL." Irish Theological Quarterly 68 (2003): 163-169.
  • "Five Tensions in the Moral Life." Doctrine and Life 53:1 (January, 2003): 37-55.
  • "Between the Scylla and Charybdis of Faith and Fact." Logos 5:4 (Fall, 2002): 109-123.
  • "The Good that We Intend, and the Evil that We Do. A New Look at Praeter Intentionem in Aquinas." Angelicum 79 (2002): 839-54.
  • "Liberalism and Conservatism: At the Intersection of Faith and Temperament." Review for Religious 61 (August, 2002): 419-29.