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Daniel Speed Thompson

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Daniel Speed Thompson
Phone: 937-229-4321
HM 335


  • Ph.D., The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, 1998
  • M.A., The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, 1987
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1986


Daniel Speed Thompson is a former chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

Faculty perspective

"After studies in Theology and Philosophy at Notre Dame, I completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School under the tutelage of Anne Carr, David Tracy and Robert Schreiter (from the Catholic Theological Union). I have written on Edward Schillebeeckx’s theology and am now pursuing projects on the theology of history and theological reflections on Catholic higher education. I have served as a department chair (or associate chair) for 13 years at different institutions."

Research interests

  • Contemporary Systematic Theology
  • Theological Method and Fundamental Theology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Theology and Catholic Higher Education
  • Theology of History


Dissertation Topic:  Theological Dissent and Critical Communities in the Catholic Church: A Constructive Interpretation of the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx

Dissertation Director: Anne E. Carr

Selected publications


The Language of Dissent: Edward Schillebeeckx on the Crisis of Authority in the Catholic Church. Foreword by Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.


“Being Catholic in Times of Crisis: Lessons from History for the Contemporary Church.” The Seminary Journal, Spring 2007: 37-55.

"Epistemological Frameworks in Schillebeeckx's Fundamental Theology." Philosophy and Theology 15, 1, 2003: 19-56.

"Schillebeeckx on the Development of Doctrine.” Theological Studies 62 (June 2001): 303-318.

"The Church as Sacrament: Schillebeeckx's Contribution to the Construction of a Critical Ecclesiology." Religious Studies and Theology 17:1 (June 1998) Short Articles, Opinion Pieces

“Edward Schillebeeckx (1914-2009): ‘God’s Cause is the Happiness of Human Beings.’” The Living Church. January 24, 2010.

“A Lab for the Future Church? St Mary’s University and Catholic Intellectual Traditions in the New Millennium.” St. Mary’s University Gold & Blue. Fall 2006

“A Papal Election That’s Still in the Dark.” Newsday. Wednesday, April 20th, 2005.

“Pope Makes Sure Church Stays Right.” Newsday. Wednesday, October 8th, 2003.