Christopher J. Thompson, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Thompson, Ph.D.

Academic Dean, Professor of Moral Theology, and Director of the Institute for Theological Research (2006)


Degree(s):

Ph.D., Marquette University, 1994
M.A., Saint Louis University, 1987
B.A., Creighton University, 1982

Office Location: Fr. Charles Froehle Administration Bldg., Room 123

Phone: (651) 962-5771

Fax: (651) 962-5790

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Mailing Address:

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
University of St. Thomas
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Fundamental Moral Theology
  • Thomistic Moral Theology

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Faculty Accomplishments

Published Works:

Published the essay “The Invitation of Creation,” published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference. https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/the-invitation-of-creation/ August 2012.

Published the introduction “Augustine’s Confessions and the Origins of Christian Character,” in Confessions of Saint Augustine (Ignatius Press Critical Editions, 2012).

Published the article “Farmers as Stewards of Creation: Reclaiming the Creative Good in Modern Agriculture,” National Catholic Rural Life Bulletin Winter 54/2 (2012) 12-15.

Published the essay “In Defense of Dust,” published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/in-defense-of-dust/.  November 2011.

Published the essay “Good News in Priestly Formation,” published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/good-news-in-priestly-formation/. May 2011.

Published the essay “Mater et Magistra, or Well Begun Is Half Done,” published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/mater-et-magistra-or-well-begun-is-half-done/. March 2011.

Published the essay “A Response to ‘The Greening of America, Catholic Style,’” published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/a-response-to-the-greening-of-america-catholic-style/. January 2011.

Published the chapter “Lest the Cross of Christ be Emptied of Its Power: Negative Moral Norms and the Dignity of the Human Person,” in Reason and the Rule of Faith: Conversations in the Tradition with John Paul II, edited by Christopher J. Thompson and Steven A. Long. Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 2011

Published the article“From Conservation to Consecration: Toward a Green Thomism,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review October, 2010.

Published the book review “Review of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer and Dirt,” by Kyle T. Kramer (Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2010), pp. 175. Published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/book-review-a-time-to-plant/.

Published the book review “Review of Cultivating the Soil and Soul: Twentieth-Century Catholic Agrarians Embrace the Liturgical Movement,” by Michael J. Woods, SJ. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010), pp. 291. Published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/book-review-cultivating-the-soil-soul/.

Published the book review “Review of Stewardship of Creation: What Catholics Should Know about Church Teaching on the Environment” by Marie George (Indianapolis: Saint Catherine of Sienna Press, 2009)., pp. x + 144.  Published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference. https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/book-review-of-what-catholics-should-know-about-church-teaching-on-the-environment/.

Published the book review “Review of Ten Commandments for the Environment,” by Woodene Koenig-Bricker (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2009), pp. 144.  Published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/book-review-small-books-on-big-ideas-ii/.

Published the book review “Review of The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Being,” by Pierre-Marie Emonet, OP. Translated by Rober R. Barr (New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999), pp. 147. Published on the website of The National Catholic Rural Life Conference, https://catholicrurallife.org/commentary/book-review-small-books-on-big-ideas-iii/.

Published: Thompson, Christopher J. with a Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas. Christian Doctrine, Christian Identity: Augustine and the Narratives of Character. Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1999.

Presentations & Accomplishments:

Participated in the Human and Natural Ecology Conference on June 3-5, 2015.

Interviewed by Sharon Abercrombie on the topic of seminarians and rural ministry and land stewardship.  Dr. Thompson was quoted in her article titled “Seminarians head out to the fields” in the National Catholic Reporter.  February 27-March 12, 2015.

Appointment to Director of the Center for Theological Formation 2015.

Served as Academic Dean 2006-2015.

Member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Rural Life and serves on the Board of the International Catholic Rural Association for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Participated in the Terrence J. Murphy Institute’s Hot Topics: Cool Talk series on December 3, 2013 titled “Green Thomism and GMO’s.” Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society at UST School of Law.

Hosted a national conference on “The Evolving Theological Creation.” 2013-2014.

Presented the address “The Work of Man as Instrument of a Just Society,” at the European Study Meeting of International Catholic Rural Life in collaboration with Europäische Zentrum für Arbeitnehmerfragen (EZA) in Chaina (Crete, Greece), December 1, 2012.

Served as guest editor for Aquinas and the Environment, Nova et Vetera, English Edition.  10/1 (2012).

Continued to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; in June of 2012 was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Catholic Rural Association in Rome, Italy, working in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Presented the keynote address “Right Relationships in Faith: Farming and the Creative Good” at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., January, 2012.

Presented the keynote address “Assenting to the World and the Challenge of Thanksgiving,” at a conference on Food, Faith and Farming hosted by Catholic Charities and Dioceses of Stockton, CA, October 2011.

Presented the address “In the Temple of Creation: American Agriculture, Fifty Years after Mater et Magistra,” at the International Congress on the 50th Anniversary of Mater et Magistra in Rome, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, May 2011.

Coordinated the national conference hosted at SPSSOD on the topic of Nature as Norm and delivered the keynote address, “An Unusual Suggestion: Agriculture and Catholic Higher Education.” 2010-2011.

Appointed to the board of directors and served as secretary of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference 2010-2011.

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