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Mark McInroy

Associate Professor

Theology

  • Education
  • ThD, Harvard Divinity School
    MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
    BA, Southwestern University
  • Expertise
  • Modern Christian theology, The theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theological aesthetics, Christian theologies of deification

Mark McInroy is a constructive and historical theologian with interests in modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox thought, especially the modern retrievals and reformulations of patristic, medieval, and Reformation theologies.

A component of his current research focuses on the theological legacy of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988), particularly as it pertains to the field of theological aesthetics. Other areas of interest include contemporary philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, mystical theology, philosophies and theologies of perception, and East-West relations in Christianity.

In 2015 he received the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise (formerly the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise), an internationally assessed award administered through the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is presently completing a monograph on modern retrievals of the Christian doctrine of deification and the role of the doctrine in Martin Luther’s mature theology.


Books:

Soaring Beyond the Self: Luther’s Theology of Deification (monograph in progress)

The Oxford Handbook of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Oxford: Oxford University Press), co-editor with Anthony Sciglitano; consultant editor, Cyril O’Regan (forthcoming)

Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021), co-editor with C. A. Strine and Alexis Torrance

The Christian Theological Tradition, 4th Edition (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), co-editor with Michael J. Hollerich

Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) Winner of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, 2015

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Anglican Divines,” in The Oxford Handbook of Deification, ed.
Matthew Levering, Paul L. Gavrilyuk, and Andrew Hofer, OP
(Oxford: Oxford University Press) under contract

“Anthropology,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hans Urs von Balthasar,
ed. Mark McInroy and Anthony Sciglitano, with Cyril O’Regan, consultant editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming

“Hans Urs von Balthasar,” in Dictionary of Christian Apologists and
Their Critics, ed. R. Douglas Geivett and Robert B. Stewart (Malden,
MA: Wiley-Blackwell), forthcoming

“Spiritual Perception and Beauty,” in Sensing Things Divine: Towards a Constructive Account of Spiritual Perception, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Paul L. Gavrilyuk (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming

“Beholding the Radiant Invisible: The Incarnate Image in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Jean-Luc Marion,” in Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination, ed. C. A. Strine, Mark McInroy, and Alexis Torrance (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021)

“Manifesting Being: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Interpretation of Bonaventure and the Transcendental Status of Beauty,” in Beauty and the Good: Past Interpretations and Their Contemporary Relevance, ed. Alice Ramos (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2020), 269-87

“Introduction: Approaching the Christian Theological Tradition,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 1-29

“The English Reformation,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 385-393

“Christianity in the Modern Period,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 437-465

“Christianity in the Contemporary Situation,” in The Christian Theological Tradition, ed. Mark McInroy and Michael J. Hollerich (New York & London: Routledge, 2019), 537-563

“Catholic Theological Receptions,” in The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 495-516

“Before Deification Became Eastern: Newman’s Ecumenical Retrieval,” International Journal for Systematic Theology 20 (2018): 253-268

“Catholic Theological Receptions of the Grammar of Assent,” in Receptions of Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 73-94

“Rechtfertigung als Theosis: Zur neueren Diskussion über die Lutherdeutung der Finnischen Schule,” Catholica (Münster) 66 (2012): 1-18

“Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar,” in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, ed. Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 257-274

“Origen of Alexandria,” in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, ed. Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 20-35

“Karl Barth and Personalist Philosophy: A Critical Appropriation,” Scottish Journal of Theology 64 (2011): 45-63


Distinguished Early Career Grant, University of St. Thomas (2018-2020)

Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise, Internationally Assessed Award Administered through Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (2015)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2010-2011)

Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the Committee on Undergraduate Education, Harvard University (2005, 2009)

Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, Fellowship for Study at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2007-2008)

Fellow, Episcopal Church Foundation (2005-2008)