Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP
BS in Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University; BA (Philosophy) and MDiv, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; MA, Graduate Theological Union; STD, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Fr. Bryan teaches Catholic theology because he believes the world needs more "scribes" who have been "instructed in the kingdom of heaven" – an "instruction" that takes place in the context of the community of faith (fides quaerens intellectum). He holds that an informed faith is the basis for proclaiming the Word of God and for engaging contemporary scholarship and culture, both in Church and in society.
Fr. Bryan seeks to help his students acquire the habitus of theological study, that they may continue to pursue the truth, whether for its own sake, for further studies, or for other apostolates. In addition to his academic formation, he has had significant experience in parochial and campus ministries, giving him insights that enable him to help students to see the practical applications of theology.
Fr. Bryan believes that "both the new and the old" should be brought forth for theology today. Accordingly, his research into "new," contemporary approaches to theological questions is informed by "the old": Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Church Councils and Fathers and the entire Catholic tradition. In particular, he finds the teachings and the method of St. Thomas Aquinas to be worth appropriating for theology in our time. This conviction led Fr. Bryan to write his doctoral dissertation on St. Thomas's theology of the resurrection of the dead, focusing on the question of when the resurrection occurs. Fr. Bryan has also researched recent proposals concerning this question, namely those of Karl Rahner and of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He plans further research in the area of eschatology.
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