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Colin M. McGuigan

Doctoral Student

Graduate Assistant

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Colin McGuigan


  • M.T.S., Duke University
  • B.A., History, University of Maryland Baltimore County


My interests orbit the intersections of theology and culture, ethics, and philosophical theology. My overriding interest the last couple of years has been the passion and habit of wonder, together with its ethical trajectories and religious significance. Other interests include ecology, politics, and film.

Courses Taught

  • REL 103: Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
  • REL 360: Christian Ethics
  • REL 372: Religion and Film

Scholarly Publications and Presentations


“Wonder Opens the Heart: Pope Francis and Lisa Sideris on Nature, Wonder, and Encounter.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 54, no. 2 (June 2019): TBD.

With Brad J. Kallenberg. “Ecclesial Practices.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology, edited by William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino, 141–157. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.


“Wonder Opens the Heart.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Religion and Ecology Unit. Denver, CO. November 17, 2018.

Respondent for Department of Religious Studies Colloquium on Anthony Burke Smith, “Reconverting to Italy: War, Peace and Neorealist Films in 1940s America,” University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, October 21, 2016.

“Trees of Knowledge and of Life; or, Cinematic Riddling in the Films of Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick.” Paper presented at “Faith and Film,” the 2014 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Baylor University, Waco, TX, October 24, 2014.

“To See as God Sees: Epistemology of Theology and Ecclesial Practices.” Paper presented at the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, April 9, 2014.

“A Time to Every Purpose: A Theological Justification for Watching Immoral Movies.” Paper presented at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, June 6, 2013.