Fr. Christopher J. Renz, OP
BS, St. Peter's College; MDiv, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; MA, Graduate Theological Union; PhD, Northwestern University.
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.
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 "Food: Does Local Really Matter?," 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 a past 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."
Fr. Chris works extensively with Blackfriars Gallery, helping artists bring their work into the ongoing conversation with contemporary culture.
He also currently serves on a national advisory board to the Dialog on Science, Ethics, and Religion project jointly sponsored by AAAS and ATS on bringing science into the seminary curriculum.
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