Associates & Staff

Dr. Kenneth Howell

Kenneth J. Howell, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is Director of the John Henry Cardinal Newman Institute of Catholic Thought and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Howell is the author of several books, including: God’s Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science(University of Notre Dame, 2002); Mary of Nazareth: Sign and Instrument of Christian Unity (Queenship Press,1998); and , Meeting Mary Learning Guide: Our Mother in Faith (Catholic Century), Ignatius of Antioch & Polycarp of Smyrna (Early Christian Fathers).

Dr. Howell holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity and Science from the University of Lancaster (U.K.).

A Presbyterian minister for eighteen years and a theological professor for seven years in a Protestant seminary, Dr. Howell was confirmed and received into the Catholic Church in 1996.

He and his wife, Sharon, have three children. They live in Champaign, Illinois.

Education

Ph.D., Lancaster University, United Kingdom (1995) History of Christianity (esp. Catholicism) and its relations to Science

Ph.D., Indiana University (1987) Linguistics and The Philosophy of Science

M.A., University of South Florida (1982) Linguistics and Philosophy

M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary (1977) Systematic Theology and Biblical Languages

B.A., University of South Florida (1974) Linguistics and German

Teaching Experience

2005: Visiting Professor of Theology, University of Sacramento

2003: Adjunct Instructor, Parkland College

2001-present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Religion, University of Illinois

2000-present: Director & Fellow, The John Henry Newman Institute of Catholic Thought, University of Illinois

1998-2000: John Henry Newman Scholar-in-Residence, The Newman Foundation, University of Illinois

1994-1998: Adjunct Associate Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University

1991: Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy, Belhaven College

1991-1994: Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature, Reformed Theological Seminary

1988-1991: Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature, Reformed Theological Seminary

1984-1985: Visiting Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

1982-1984: Associate Instructor in Linguistics, Indiana University

1981-1982: Teaching Assistant in Linguistics, University of South Florida

Other Professional Experience

1985- 1988: Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Indiana

1977-1982: Pastor, Hope Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Florida

16 April 1978: Ordained to Presbyterian Ministry

Memberships in Scholarly Societies

The North American Patristics Society

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

History of Science Society

Society for Catholic Liturgy

Grants, Awards, and Professional Activities

2005: Respondent, Interpretation of Nature and Scripture Conference. Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science, Ancaster, Ontario.

2000: External Reviewer, Dooyeweerd Center for Philosophy. Redeemer College, Ancaster, Ontario

1994-1998: Visiting Scholar, Department of the History & Philosophy of Science. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1994: Organizer, Session on “Early Modern Cosmology.” The History of Science Society, New Orleans, LA

1993-1995: Research grant, The Pascal Centre of Faith and Science. Ancaster, Ontario. Project: God’s Two Books: Copernicanism and the Bible in Early Modern Science

1993: Visiting Scholar. Institute for Advanced Study Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana.

1993: Visiting Scholar, Institute for the History of Science University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

1992: Ball Brothers Foundation Visiting Fellowship. The Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

1992: Visiting Scholar. Institute for Advanced Study Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana. 

1990: Summer Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Florida. “Religion, Science and Society in Early Modern Europe” Director:  Stephen McKnight.

1988-1994: Director of the Master of Theology Program, Reformed Theological Seminary.

Translator of Greek and Latin Texts for the English bilingual edition of Denzinger/Hunermann Enchirdion Symbolorum (37th ed) edited by Robert Fastiggi

Member, Advisory Council for the Permanent Exhibition of the History of Astronomy Collection, Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL

Reading Knowledge of Languages: Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic; German; French; Dutch; Italian

Publications
The Eucharist: A Supper for Lovers Catholic Answers Publishing Co. (forthcoming 2006)

Review of Kepler’s Witch (James O’Conner) for the Journal of the History of Astronomy (2005)

Step By Step column articles:

“Did the Catholic Church Add to the Old Testament?” This Rock (January 2005)

“Does John Chapter Six Teach the Real Presence of Christ?” This Rock (February 2005)

“Is Salvation an Act or a Process?” This Rock (March 2005)

“Does Christ’s Church Have Apostolic Succession?” This Rock (April 2005)

“Is Catholicism a Dangerous Religion?” This Rock (May-June 2005)

“What’s Wrong with Contraception Anyway?” This Rock (July-August 2005)

“Marriage and Divorce in The Teaching of Jesus” This Rock (September 2005)

“Styles of Science, Calvinism and the Common Good in the Early Dutch Republic”  in Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (eds John Brooke and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu), Istanbul: Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, 2005, 111-130.

“The Functions of Natural Philosophy in Augustine’s Interpretation of the Genesis” book chapter in Jitse van der Meer (ed) (2005)

“Mary’s Bodily Participation in the Redemption of Christ: The Johannine Witness”  book chapter in The Virgin Mary and the Theology of the Body Donald Calloway (ed) (2005)

Step By Step column articles:

“Are there Contradictions between Genesis One and Two? This Rock (January 2004)

“Did Paul Teach the Real Presence of Christ?” This Rock (February 2004)

“Can Non-Christians Be Saved?” This Rock (March 2004)

“Did Jesus Give Priests for the Church?” This Rock (April 2004)

“Is Jesus Against Catholic Prayer?” This Rock (May-June 2004)

“Does the Church Hate Homosexuals?” This Rock (July-August 2004)

“Where Does the Authority Lie?” This Rock (September 2004)

“Who are the Saints and What Can They Do?” This Rock (November 2004)

Meeting Mary: Our Mother in Faith (San Diego: Catholic Answers Publishing Co) (2003)

Mary and Your Relationship with God (San Diego: Catholic Answers Publishing Co) (2003)

Step By Step column articles:

“How Can a Priest Forgive Sin?” This Rock (January 2003)

“Is Communion only for Catholics?”  This Rock (February 2003)

“Aren’t We Saved by Faith Alone” This Rock (March 2003)

“Is Baptism Merely a Symbol” This Rock (April 2003)

“Why did the Church Condemn Galileo?” This Rock (May 2003)

“Where in the Bible does it say anything about a Pope? This Rock (July-August 2003)

“Is the Mass a true sacrifice?”  This Rock (September 2003)

“Aren’t the Scriptures Sufficient?” This Rock (October 2003)

“Can the Existence of God Be Proved?” This Rock (November 2003)

“Is Mary the New Eve?” This Rock (December 2003)

“Did the Bulldog Bite the Bishop? An Anglican Bishop, An Agnostic Scientist and a Roman Pontiff” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Volume 6 number 3 pp. 41-67 (2003)

God’s Two Books:  Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science (University of Notre Dame Press, February 2002)

“The Teaching of Christ on Priestly Celibacy” in ed. Peter Stravinskas Priestly Celibacy Its Scriptural, Historical, Spiritual and Psychological Roots (Mt. Pocono, PA: Newman House Press, 2001)

“Review of J. R. Christianson’s On Tycho’s Island: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants 1570-1601 (Cambridge University Press, 2000) Nature

“Theodicy” in The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition (ed.) Gary Ferngren (New York:  Garland Publishing) pp. 74-75. (2000)

“Augustine” in The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition (ed.) Gary Ferngren (New York:  Garland Publishing) pp. 134-136. (2000)

“Biblical Interpretation” Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton (ed) Wilbur Applebaum (New York:  Garland Publishing) (2000)

“Tycho Brahe”  Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton (ed) Wilbur Applebaum (New York:  Garland Publishing) (2000)

“Protestant Reformation” Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton (ed) Wilbur Applebaum (New York:  Garland Publishing) (2000)

“The Book of Nature” Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton (ed) Wilbur Applebaum (New York:  Garland Publishing) (2000)

“The Roots of the Reformation: Fifty Years Later” epilogue to Karl Adam’s Roots of the Reformation republished by the The Coming Home International Journal (2000)

“The ICEL Psalter: Critical Reflections” with Samuel Weber O.S.B. Antiphon 4 pp. 10-18 (1999)

“The Role of Biblical Interpretation in the Cosmology of Tycho Brahe” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 29:515-537 (1998)

“St. Augustine on Science and Scripture”  This Rock (March 1998)

“The Florida Event: Fact or Fiction”  This Rock (May 1998) pp. 19-21

“The Crisis of Authority in the Reformation” The Coming Home Journal (April – June 1998) pp.10-12,28

Mary of Nazareth: Sign and Instrument of Christian Unity (Santa Barbara, CA: Queenship Publishing) (1998)

“The Eucharist as the Center of the Catholic Church” This Rock (December 1996) pp. 11-15

“Copernicanism and the Bible in Early Modern Science” in Facets of Faith and Science (University Press of America) Jitse van der Meer (ed) vol 4 (1995)

“Galileo and the History of Hermeneutics” in Facets of Faith and Science (University Press of America) Jitse van der Meer (ed) vol 4 (1995)

“Introduction and Commentary to Haggai” Geneva Study Bible (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) (1995)

“Introduction and Commentary to Zechariah” Geneva Study Bible (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) (1995)

“Introduction and Commentary to Philemon”  Geneva Study Bible (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) (1995)

Review of Science and Religion:  Historical Perspectives (John H. Brooke) in Journal of Modern History (1994)

“God’s Hopes in You: Ignatian Thoughts on Guidance” The Coming Home Network Newsletter (1994)

“Believing is Seeing”  St. Michael’s Wings (1994)

Review of Michael G. Parker The Real Presence Through the Ages (New York: Alba House, 1992)  The Network Newsletter (1993)

“Isaac Newton on Alchemy” Selections with commentary from the Dibner MS in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington D. C. in Sources in Hermeticism: Alchemy, and Magic for Understanding the Scientific Revolution Stephen Englehart (ed.) printed at California State University, Pomona. (1991)

“Galileo Galilei: What a Catholic Scientist Can Teach Evangelical Believers” Reformed Theological Seminary Alumnus Magazine (1991)

“Two Aspects of Roger Bacon’s Semiotic Theory in “De Signis” Semiotica 63 – ½ (1987), 73-81

The Post-Bloomfieldians and the Generativists:  A Study in the History of American Linguistics University Microfilms doctoral dissertation (1987)

“Review of Jonathan Wells’ Charles Hodge’s Critique of Darwinism in Westminster Theological Journal 51:406-409

“Preaching Christ from the Old Testament”  Presbyterian Journal (1985)

“Do You Know You are Gifted?”  Reformed Theological Seminary Bulletin (1985)

“Review of Stephen R. Anderson’s Phonology in the Twentieth Century” in Historiographia Linguistica XIII:1.85-92

“Linguistics and Psychology in the Thought of William Dwight Whitney” in Materiaux pour une histoire des theories linguistiques Lille:  Universite de Lille III (1984)

“Object Initial Languages and Their Implications for Word Order Universals” in The Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Linguistics published under the auspices of the CIPL (The Hague) (1983)

“Some Universal Aspects of Adjective Order: A Functional Perspective on Determination” in The Tenth LACUS Forum Columbia South Carolina:  Hornbeam Press (1983)

“The Fellowship of Christ’s Church”  Presbyterian Journal (1980)

Presentations at Scholarly Meetings

“Natural Knowledge and Textual Meaning in the Thought of Augustine.” Interpretation of Nature and Scripture Conference, Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science: Ancaster, Ontario (July 2005)

“The Splendor of the Eucharist: Five talks for the Year of the Eucharist.” Invited Lectures in the Archdiocese of Nassau, Bahamas (February 2005)

“Cultural Meanings and Phenomenological Manifolds in Eucharistic Liturgy” Fifth International Conference in Cultural Studies: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (June 2004)

“Did the Bulldog Bite the Bishop? The Wilberforce-Huxley Debate in its Mythical Proportions.” Symposium on Church Authority and Scientific Inquiry: The cases of Galileo and Darwin,” Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago (April 2002)

“Styles of Science and Calvinism in the Early Dutch Republic.” First European Colloquium on the Role of Science in Society: Istanbul, Turkey (October 2001)

“Spirituality and Modern Science: The Case of Johannes Kepler.” University of St. Thomas: Minneapolis, MN (September 2001)

“Modes of Divine Presence and the Sacramental Theology of Kaspar Peucer.” Conference on the Physics of the Sacraments: Muelheim, Germany (July 2001)

“Beyond Literalism and Irrelevance.” Hermeneutics Conference: Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science (July 1999)

“Science and Interpretation of the Bible:  Lessons from Rheticus, Calvin and Galileo.” Dedication of the Mills Science Center: Covenant College, Lookout Mountian, GA (October 1996)

“The Unity of Heaven and Earth in Kepler’s Cosmology.” Fruhe Neuzeit Interdisziplinar, Duke University (April 1995)

“The Cosmology of Tycho Brahe.” The History of Science Society: New Orleans, LA (October 1994)

“The Interaction of Science and Hermeneutics.” Conference sur Hermeneutique Institut de Recherches Faculte de Theologie: Neuchatel, Switzerland (September 1994)

“Ad Astronomiae Redintegrationem: The Role of Biblical Interpretation in Tycho Brahe’s Geoheliocentrism.” The History of Science Society: Sante Fe, NM (November 1993)

“All Things Considered: The Theological Context of the Reception of Copernicanism in Northern Protestant Europe.” The First Biannual History of Astronomy Workshop: University of Notre Dame (June 1993)

“Three Functions of Natural Philosophy in Augustine’s Interpretation of Scripture.” Institute of Biblical Research Meeting: Jackson, MS (March 1993)

“Copernicanism and the Bible in Early Modern Science.” International Conference on Faith and Science: Pascal Centre, Ancaster, Ontario (August 1992)

“Galileo and the History of Hermeneutics.” International Conference on Faith and Science: Pascal Centre, Ancaster, Ontario (August 1992)

“The Empirical Sciences and Theology: A Metaphysical Interaction Model.” The Pascal Centre of Faith and Science, Ancaster, Ontario (February 1992)

“The Empirical Sciences and Theology: A Metaphysical Interaction Model.” Presidential lecture: Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Regional Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK (February 1992)

“Galileo, Calvin and Rheticus on the Interpretation of Scripture.” History of Science Society Meeting: Gainesville, FL (October 1989)

“Covenant Renewal & Eschatological Projection in the Restoration Prophets.” Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Regional Meeting (March 1989)

“Science and the Scriptures.” Reformed University Ministry: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (April 1989)

“Continuity and Discontinuity in Haggai.” Institute for Biblical Research Meeting: Jackson, MS (May 1989)

“Christianity and Humanism.” Warrior Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (September 1988)

“Object Initial Languages and Their Implications for Word Order Universals.” Thirteenth International Congress of Linguistics: Tokyo, Japan (August 1982)

“Linguistics and Psychology in the Thought William Dwight Whitney.” Second International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences: Lille, France (August 1981)


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Dr. Scott Hahn
Founder and President and Chairman of the Board
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Episcopal Advisor
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