The Catholic University of America

Matt Tapie, Ph.D. 
– Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics




Dr. Tapie is a visiting assistant professor of theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.  His primary teaching and research interests are in theological ethics with attention to Christianity's relation to other faith traditions.  After earning graduate degrees from Abilene Christian University (M.Div.) and Baylor University (M.A. Religion, Politics, & Society), he completed his Ph.D. in Moral Theology & Ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies (STRS) at The Catholic University of America.  Dr. Tapie’s dissertation, which he defended with distinction, is entitled Aquinas on Israel and the Church: A Study of the Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas.

For the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years, the STRS awarded Teaching Fellowships to Dr. Tapie in The Catholic University of America’s First Year Experience Program, during which he taught the core theology course Faith Seeking Understanding, which he continues to teach today.  In 2013, he was appointed a fellow at the STRS's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue.  Dr. Tapie also serves as an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, the Society of Scriptural Reasoning, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.  Dr. Tapie is currently editing a collected volume of essays, tentatively titled The Theological Reading of Scripture as Political Act. The essays explore the political character of modern and pre-modern theologians’ readings of scripture with attention to how their readings relate to or address political challenges in their particular social settings (forthcoming Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014).


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6507
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Theological Ethics

  • Jewish-Christian Relations

  • Political Theology

  • The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

Latest Publications

“The Retreat and Resurgence of Evangelical Civic Engagement in the Twentieth-Century,” Restoration Quarterly 48 no. 3, 3rd Quarter, 2006: 157-70.


TRS 201 Faith Seeking Understanding

TRS 395A Jewish-Christian Relations

TRS 395B War & Peace in the Abrahamic Traditions



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae