Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Eugene Ludwig, OFM Cap
Office Hours: Monday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Office Location: East 202

Curriculum vitae

Eugene Ludwig is a recipient of the Cross of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


ThD, Graduate Theological Union

MA, Manhattan College

BD, MTh, Maryknoll Seminary; 

BA, St. Anthony’s College

Eugene Ludwig, OFM Cap

Professor Emeritus of History & Patristic Theology

In the period I teach about, philosophers and theologians were not inhabitants of university departments and the interface between what now are distinct disciplines was quite lively. I am a “big picture” kind of teacher and I try to help students identify key questions that recur rather than getting lost in the details of a particular answer. I hope to instill in my students an appreciation of the shared existential concerns of Hellenistic Christians, Jews and Pagans. I encourage my students to put their energy into reading primary texts and to learn the important skill of transcultural interpretation.

I will say what every teacher says: I learn from my students. That is why teaching is a joy for me.  I have been teaching at DSPT for over 40 years and my students keep me intellectually young and make me want to develop as a scholar and as a teacher. DSPT has changed over this time from a primarily clerical school to the point that today lay students pursuing MA degrees are a majority of an intellectually stimulating student population.

I have two academic heroes: the late Fr. John Meyendorff of St. Valdimir’s Seminary, and the late Massey Sepherd of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the director of my dissertation. They are my heroes because of the way they modeled for me how to be a scholar and teacher and to care about students. They continue to challenge me.

I am a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTU and the North American Patristics Society

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past courses taught by Eugene Ludwig, OFM Cap:

The Seven Councils (HS-4525)
History of Philosophy: Ancient (PHHS-1050) 
Hellenistic & Roman Philosophy (HSPH-4410)
Patristics (PHHS-4903)   
Philosophy for Theology (PH-1200)  
Early Christianity to 800 (HS-5122)
Plato (PHHS-4020)


“Chalcedon and its Aftermath: Three Unresolved Crises”, Laurentianum, 37(1986) n. 1, pp. 98-120

“Il concilio di Nicea (325)-Ambientazione storico-religiosa”, Turchia, Crocevia di Culture e Religioni. Turchia, la Chiesa e la sua storia Vol. I. Roma: Istituto Francescano di Spiritualità. 1990, pp. 109-117

“The Liturgical and Monastic Context of St. Basil's De Spiritu Sancto”. Following the Star From the East: Essays in Honour of Archimandrite Boniface Luykx, Ottawa: Sheptysky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, 1992, pp. 176-184

“Monophysite Opposition to the Council of Chalcedon: Fifth Century Catholicity and its Challenge to Twentieth Century Ecumenism” Atti del congresso internazionale “Incontro fra canoni d'oriente e d'occidente”. Bari: Italy, Cacucci Editore, 1994, pp. 73-83

Claudio Moreschini and Enrico Norelli, Early Christian Greek and Latin Literature: A History (English translation Press, 2005) Compiled English language bibliography c. 350 titles

Benedetto, Robert. (ed.) The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. Volume 1 The Early, Medieval,  and Reformation Eras. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press: 2008. 34 entries.

Book Reviews

Ken Parry, David J. Melling, Dimitri Brady, Sidney H. Griffith and John F. Healy (editors) The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity. LOGOS, the Journal of the Sheptytsky Institute, vol. 42 (2001)

Maria Vassilaki (editor) Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art. LOGOS, the Journal of the Sheptytsky Institute, vol. 43-45 (2002-2004) pp.379-381

Derek Kreuger (ed.) Byzantine Christianity. A People’s History of Christianity, Volume 3. in Anglican and Episcopal History. The Quarterly Journal of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, Vol. 78 no. 1 (March 2009).

Brian Reynolds Porta Paradisi: Marian Doctrine and Devotion, Image and Typology in the Patristic and Medieval Periods.  Vol. 1, Doctrine and Devotion. Taiwan: Fu Jen University, 2009, in Journal of Theological Studies

Research interests

  • Hellenism and the function of religion and philosophy within that society
  • interactions of Hellenistic Jews and Christians with the larger society
  • the Christian Fathers as urban bishops ministering to urban congregations rather than as theologians
  • the study of the theory and practice of asceticism both within the Christian community and within non-Christian Hellenistic groups
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