Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture
The Randall Professorship is held by a recognized scholar whose work concentrates on an understanding of culture that embodies a Christian view of human achievement. The selected individual contributes to undergraduate instruction in the theology, philosophy, history, literature, or the social sciences departments by participating in the Liberal Arts Honors and Development of Western Civilization Programs, directing student research, and delivering public lectures.
2018-19 Randall Professor: Dr. Bruce D. Marshall
Bruce D. Marshall is Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He grew up in Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin — receiving his B.A. from Northwestern University and his M.A.R. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of Trinity and Truth (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Christology in Conflict: The Identity of a Saviour in Rahner and Barth (Blackwell, 1987), and editor of Theology and Dialogue: Essays in Conversation with George Lindbeck (University of Notre Dame Press, 1990). Presently, he is at work on a book on the Trinity, faith, and reason in Aquinas and contemporary Catholic theology. He has published a number of essays and reviews in scholarly journals, including The Journal of Religion, Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, Nova et Vetera, Pro Ecclesia, Revue thomiste, Theological Studies, and The Thomist, and chapters in edited volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity and The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology.
A scholar and teacher in the fields of historical and systematic theology, Professor Marshall’s work focuses on the Catholic doctrines of the Trinity, the incarnation, and the Eucharist, the relationship between faith and reason, and the significance of the Jewish people and Judaism for Christian faith and theology. He works extensively on some of the major theologians of the Middle Ages, especially Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus.
Professor Marshall is a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Theology, of which he served as President in 2008-9. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, a Pew Evangelical Scholars fellow, and was recently awarded a Ford Senior Research Fellowship by Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Nova et Vetera (English edition) and Pro Ecclesia.
History of the Randall Chair Professorship
The College’s first endowed chair, the Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture was established in 2002. The chair is named for the priest, scholar, and artist who served as a member of the Providence College faculty for more than 25 years. Father Randall taught English, theology, and courses in the Development of Western Civilization Program. The professorship exemplifies the commitment to educational excellence and Christian values that defined Father Randall’s life as an educator and priest.