Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Augustine Thompson, OP
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Augustine Thompson, OP holds the distinguished position of Master of Theology, awarded by the Order of Preachers.

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

STM, Order of Preachers

BA, MA, The Johns Hopkins University

BA (Philosophy), MDiv, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Augustine Thompson, OP

Professor of History, Theology Department Chair

As a historian of Medieval Christianity, my great love has been the religious culture of medieval Italy. Within days of my priestly ordination in 1985, I went to Bologna, Italy, and spent two years doing the research for my first book, which was on the preaching of the early Dominicans and its impact on the politics of the cities where they preached. This experience left me with an abiding love of Italians and all things Italian, especially the food, history and culture.

My research and writing have included extended periods in “il bel paese”, during which I did the research for two of my other books, one on the life of lay people in the age of Saint Dominic, Saint Francis, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Bonaventure, the other on Saint Francis of Assisi himself. As a scholar, I have been mostly influenced by my teachers in the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley, especially Peter Brown in Patristics, and Robert Brentano in Medieval Church History.

Three historians of religion have inspired my quest to uncover and make known the lived religion of medieval lay people: Robin Lane Fox, for his work on the lived experience of Ancient Christians and pagans, E. P. Sanders, for similar work on ancient Judaism, and Eamon Duffy, for his wonderful reconstruction of the lives of ordinary Catholics in pre-Reformation England. My current research involves the history of Dominican Lay Penitents (today's Dominican Laity) and that of Dominican lay brothers.

My personal hobbies and interests include detective novels, model railroading, hiking and walking and, last but not least, the music of Gilbert & Sullivan.

I am a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTUAmerican Catholic Historical Society, American Historical Association, American Society of Church History, The Medieval Academy of America, and Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (International Society of Medieval Canon Law).

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
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Past courses taught by Augustine Thompson, OP:

History of Philosophy: Medieval (PHHS-1051)
History of Christianity I (HS-1105)
History of the Eastern Church (HS-2751)
History of Christian Eschatology (HSST-2310)
Patristic-Medieval Exegesis (HSBS-4050)
Art, Ritual, & Culture (RAHS-4179) 
Aristotelian Logic (PH-1115)
Medieval Christianity (HS-6350)
Medieval Mystics Seminar (HSSP-4342/HSSP-5474)


Dominican Brothers: Conversi, Lay, and Cooperator Friars. Chicago: New Priory Press, 2017. 

Francis of Assisi: A New Biography. Ithaca NY: Cornell Univ. Press, May 2012. 

Ad Completorium Liturgiae Horarum secundum Usum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum. Oakland, CA: Provincia Ss. Nominis Jesu Ordinis Praedicatorum, 2010. (Liturgical Music).

Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125–1325. University Park PA: Penn State Univ. Press, 2005. Winner of the ACHA Howard R. Marraro Prize for best book published in Italian history, 2006. 

Revival Preachers and Politics: The Great Devotion of 1233. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992. 

John Williamson Nevin. The Mystical Presence: A Vindication of the Reformed or Calvinist Theology of the Holy Eucharist, edited by Augustine Thompson. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2000. 

John Williamson Nevin. The Anxious Bench; Antichrist; and the Sermon Catholic Unity, edited by Augustine Thompson. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2000. 

Jurried Articles

“Civil and Religious Subsidiary in the Italian Republics, 1160-1300.” In Subsidiarity: Origins, Development, and Applications, edited by William E. Fahey. Ypsilanti, MI: Sapientia Press (forthcoming).

“The Dominican Liturgy and Vatican II, 1962-1969.”  Antiphon, 16 (2012).

“Preconciliar Reforms of the Dominican Rite Liturgy, 1950-1962.” Antiphon, 15 (2011): 185-201.

“The Origins of Religious Mendicancy in Medieval Europe.” In The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancies, edited by Donald S. Prudlo, 3-30. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2011.

Invited Publications

“The First Witch Trial in Italy: Todi, 1428.” In Medieval Italy: A Documentary History, edited by Katherine L. Jansen et al., 203-16. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

“Lay versus Clerical Perceptions of Heresy: Protests against the Inquisition in Bologna, 1299.” In Praedicatores Inquisitores, 1: The Dominicans and the Medieval Inquisition: Acts of the First International Seminar on the Dominicans and the Inquisition, Rome 23-25, February 2002, 701-730. Rome: Istituto Storico Domenicano, 2004.

“From Texts to Preaching: Retrieving the Medieval Sermon as an Event.” In Preacher, Sermon and Audience in the Middle Ages, edited by Carolyn Muessig, 13-37. Leiden:  E. J. Brill, 2002.

“Pour une compréhension théologique de la spiritualité américaine.” Nova et Vetera, 74 (1999), 57–75; Italian version forthcoming. English text available on request.

“Jean de Vicence, dominicain italien (XIIIe s.)” Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, 27 (1999), 772–73.

“Le tentazioni di un predicatore nella vita del beato Ambrogio Sansedoni.” Bollettino di San Domenico, 67 (1986), 145–50.

Translations and Editions

Translation: The Medieval Canon Law of Marriage: The Decretum and the Liber Extra. Edited and translated with John T. Noonan, Jr. Oakland: Dominican Liturgy Publications, 2015.

Edition: Janko Zagar. Acting On Principles: A Thomistic Perspective on Making Moral Decisions. Eugene OR: Wiph and Stock, 2010.

Liturgical Music: Antiphonarium pro Liturgia Horarum iuxta Usum Ordinis Praedicatorum. 5 vols. [Electonically published]: Vol. 1: “Tempus Adventus–Tempus Nativitatis”: Vol. 2: “Tempus Quadragesimae et Hebdomadae Sanctae,”: Vol. 3: “Tempus Paschale”: Vol. 4: “Tempus Per Annum I”: Vol. 5: “Tempus Per Annum II”: Project completed and made electronically available in September 2010.

Edition: John Williamson Nevin, The Mystical Presence: A Vindication of the Reformed or Calvinist Theology of the Holy Eucharist (Eugene OR: Wiph & Stock, 2000).

Edition republished as Volume 1 of the Mercersburg Theology Study Series, ed. Linden J. DeBie and W. Bradford Littlejohn (Eugene OR: Wiph & Stock, 2012)

Edition: John Williamson Nevin, The Anxious Bench; Antichrist; and the Sermon Christian Unity (Eugene OR: Wiph & Stock, 1999)

Translation: Gratian: Treatise on Laws (Decretum DD. 1–20); With the Ordinary Gloss. With James Gordley. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1994.

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