Kelley Spoerl


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B.A., Wellesley College (Religion and Philosophy)
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School (Church history)
Ph.D., University of Toronto (Religious Studies)

  • Teaching

    My teaching in church history ranges across the whole of Christian history from the New Testament to the contemporary period. I have a particular interest in the history of spirituality and women's contribution to Christian tradition. My research interests focus on the development of the doctrines of the Trinity and the person of Christ in fourth-century Greek theology.

  • Courses
    • Th 100: Biblical Theology
    • Th 253: Christian Spirituality
    • Th 280: The Early Church
    • Th 330: Women in the Catholic Tradition
    • Th 401: Theology Seminar (Gnosticism; Augustine)
  • Research Interests

    My research interests focus on the development of the doctrines of the Trinity and the person of Christ in fourth-century Greek theology. I am currently at work on a translation of two trinitarian works from the late 330's by the great early Christian historian and biographer of Constantine, Eusebius of Caesarea in collaboration with Dr. Markus Vinzent of Kings College in London. I am also about to publish my first essay in the field of modern Catholic spirituality in an article devoted to British spiritual writer Caryll Houselander in the journal, The Way.

  • Other Recent Publications

    "Eustathius of Antioch on Jesus' Digestion" in Studia Patristica  (forthcoming)

    "The Circumstances of Apollinarius's Election in Laodicea" in the proceedings of a conference devoted to Apollinarius sponsored by the University of Zurich in June 2011, to be edited by Prof. Silke-Petra Bergjan (forthcoming).

    "Apollinarius and the First Nicene Generation." In Ronald Rombs and Alexander Y. Hwang, eds. Tradition and the Rule of Faith in the Early Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press of America, 2010: 109-127.

    "Two Early Nicenes: Eustathius of Antioch and Marcellus of Ancyra." In Peter W. Martens, ed. In the Shadow of the Incarnation: Essays on Jesus Christ in the Early Church in Honor of Brian E. Daley, S.J. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008: 121-148.

    "Athanasius and the Anti-Marcellan Controversy." Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 10 (2006): 34-55.

    "Apollinarius and the Holy Spirit." Studia Patristica 37 (2000): 571-592.

    "The Liturgical Argument in Apollinarius: Help and Hindrance on the Way to Orthodoxy." Harvard Theological Review 91:2 (1998): 127-152.

    "Anti-Arian Rhetoric in Eusebius of Caesarea's Ecclesiastical Theology." Studia Patristica 32 (1997): 33-38.

    "Apollinarian Christology and the Anti-Marcellan Tradition." Journal of Theological Studies  45 (1994): 545-568.

    "Apollinarius and the Response to Early Arian Christology." Studia Patristica 36 (1993): 421-427.

    "The Schism at Antioch since Cavallera." In Michel Barnes and Daniel Williams, eds., Arius After Arianism (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993), pp. 101-126.

  • Personal Interests

    When not teaching or conducting research, I enjoy listening to early music, watching dance concerts at the Dana Center, learning craft techniques, and doing yoga and Zumba.