Jacob Wood

Dr. Jacob Wood

Associate Professor of Theology
Director of the Graduate Theology Online Program


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  • 2014: PhD, Systematic Theology Minor Concentration, Latin The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
    • Dissertation: The Natural Desire for God: Henri de Lubac and European Thomists of the Early Twentieth Century
    • Director: Chad Pecknold, PhD
    • Defended: April 2014 (with distinction)
  • 2007: MTheol (Hons), First Class, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • 2019 – Present Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    Associate Professor of Theology
  • 2014 – 2019 Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
    Assistant Professor of Theology
  • 2013-14 University of Dallas, Irving, TX
    Affiliate Instructor of Theology
  • 2009-14 Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA
    Instructor of Moral Theology
  • 2010-13 Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
    Affiliate Faculty of Theology
  • 2012-13 Augustine Institute, Denver CO
    Adjunct Professor of Theology

Research Interests

My research lays the foundation for a new model of ressourcement theology in the areas of theological anthropology and fundamental theology. Retrieving the theological conversations which shaped the primary sources of theology, as well as the developments that connect those sources with us, can help overcome polarization in contemporary theology through reconciliation with the past, particularly in questions about the relationships between nature and the supernatural, sin and grace, and humanity and God.

Areas of Expertise

My areas of expertise are theological anthropology and fundamental theology. I also have a historical expertise in medieval, early modern, and modern theology, particularly the thought and reception of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome, Henri de Lubac, the Ressourcement movement, and the theological tradition of the Order of the Hermits of Saint Augustine (the “Aegidian” or “Augustinian” Tradition).

Select Publications
  • “Ressourcement.” The T&T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac. New York: T&T Clark (forthcoming 2016)
  • “Kataphasis and Apophasis in Thirteenth Century Theology: The Anthropological Context of the Triplex Via in the Summa fratris Alexandri and Albert the Great.” The Heythrop Journal 57 (2016): 293-311.
  • “Recasting Augustine to Look like Aristotle: Philip the Chancellor, Natural Desire, and the Advent of potentia obedientiae.” Nova et Vetera (English Edition) 13 (2015): 815-36.

Full List

  • “Augustine and Henri de Lubac” (with Chad Pecknold). The T&T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology, 196-222. New York: T&T Clark, 2013.
  • “A Way Forward for Thomist Anthropology? Re-Reading Henri de Lubac in the Light of his Predecessors on the Natural Desire for God.” A Magyarországi Aquinói Szent Tamás Társaság Közleményei 2 (2013): 277-87.
  • “Limitele corporale ale epistemologiei tomiste: O schimbare de paradigmă a secolului XX” [“The Bodily Limits of Thomist Epistemology: A Twentieth Century Paradigm Shift”], trans. Ruxandra Mocanu Perdichi, Studii Thomiste 12 (2012): 5-27.
  • “The New Evangelization and the Loss of the Sense of the Sacred: Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger on the Awareness of God in a Post-Christian Society.” The Sower 33, no. 4 (2012): 39-41.
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