Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Marianne Farina, CSC
Phone: 510-883-2081
Office Hours: Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and by appointment; Campus Security Authority (CSA)
Office Location: East 205



PhD, Boston College
 - Theological Ethics

MA, Santa Clara University
  - Pastoral Theology

AAS, Rockland County Community College
  - Art History

BFA, Parsons School of Design
New School for Social Research University
  - Graphic Arts and Communication

Marianne Farina, CSC

Professor of Philosophy & Theology

I want to inspire students to engage in theological/philosophical study and discourse on the critical topics facing today's global communities. I guide them to find resources for further explorations and to develop the skills necessary to share knowledge with others. My teaching style includes lectures and seminar discussion. In my teaching, research, and pastoral ministry I want to promote dialogue.

I believe that “the synonym for dialogue is learning.” Through (dia) our exchange of words (logos) we can deepen knowledge of ourselves and others. Dialogue helps us to think critically and engage with the realities of others holistically. Critical to these dialogues is the commitment to conversation with various groups as outlined in Paul VI's first encyclical Ecclesiam Suam.  Pope Paul VI identifies four circles of dialogue: among Catholics, with other Christians, with world religions, and the civil society. Each dialogue supports the other and strengthens relationships in ways that promote the common good, especially when facing difficult contemporary issues like marriage and family, immigration and migration of people, or war and peace.

I hope that students in the classroom will be inspired to engage in ongoing research of the topics explored in the courses and seminars such that their study will have a positive impact on contemporary issues in Church and society. The founder of my religious community, Blessed Basil Moreau, emphasized education as a process of formation, i.e., information serves formation for the sake of transformation. This calls for a pedagogy that can help students to reflect deeply and broadly by engaging different - even opposing - worldviews. Such an approach helps us to deliberate well, choose wisely, and act justly.

I am  a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTU, faculty member for the Center for Islamic Studies, member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, The Society of Christian Ethics, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, and North American Association of  Islamic and Muslim Studies. I serve on the editorial board for the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue, and I recently participated in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Dialogue for United States (ARCIC). 

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

Past courses taught by Marianne Farina, CSC:

Catholic Social Teaching (CE-3050)
Christian-Muslim Dialogue (HRST-2083)
Roman Catholic Sexual Ethics (CE-2003)
Faith in Human Rights (PHCE-4960)
Agents of Transformation (ST-4047)
Western Social Thought II (RSCE-5003)
Indonesia Theological Immersion (STRS-4217)
Professions of Faith (ST-4141)

Articles and Chapters

"Teaching Comparative Theological Ethics." In Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture (forthcoming).
"Muslim and Christian Principles of Debate: Renewing Discourse in the Public Square." In Engaging the Other: Public Policy and the Clash of Ignorance, edited by Karim H. Karim and Mahmoud Eid. University of Ottawa Press (forthcoming).
"Religious Festivals" and "Thomas Aquinas." In Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations, edited by Rashied Omar and Scott Alexander. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
"Theological Ethics of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali." In Al-Ghazali in the Mirror of IslamicStudies, edited by Jorgen Ballus. Germany: University of Osnabruck Press, 2012.
"Pursuing Meaning and Method for a Living Faith: Ethical-Religious Challenges," In Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 21 (Fall 2011): 79-95.
"Human Rights Discourse Across Religious Traditions," In Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 45, 3 (Fall 2010): 146-165.
"Faith in Human Rights?"  In Koinonia Magazine, Paulist Press (Winter 2009).
"In the Pursuit of Love," In Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, (July 2009): 33-40.
"Theology of Religion after Knitter and Hick: beyond the paradigm - a response to Terry Muck." In Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 61 (January 2007): 24-27.
"God's Presence and the Moral Life: Shared Resources from the Writings of Thomas Aquinas and Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali." Jarboeek, Thomas Instituut te Utretcht, Annual Publication (2005).
"Moral Goodness and Friendship with God: The Moral Teachings of Thomas Aquinas and Hamid al-Ghazali." PhD Dissertation, Boston College, 2004.
Developing National Catechetical Plans. Jessore, Bangladesh: National Center for Catechetical and Social Development, 2003.

Book Reviews

Wael B. Hallaq. What is Sharia?: An Introduction. Ethiopian Journal of Religious Studies, Fall 2011.
Aaron Stalnaker. Overcoming our evil. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2006. Journal of the Society for Christian Ethics 30, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2010): 215-216.
Roland E. Miller. Muslims and The Gospel: A Reflection on Christian Sharing. Minneapolis: Lutheran Univ. Press, 2005. Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies Magazine 24, no. 2 (February 2007): 341-342.

2017 Aquinas Lecture by Sr. Marianne

Research interests

  • the Church's social justice teaching
  • comparative religions
  • interfaith dialogue and philosophical studies in Islam
  • bringing Aquinas' virtue theory into dialogue with other religious and philosophical traditions
  • cross-cultural communication
  • methods of interfaith dialogue
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