The Catholic University of America

William P. Loewe, Ph.D.    
– Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology




A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., William P. Loewe received B.A. (Classics, Philosophy, French) and M.A. (French) degrees from Fordham University and a Ph.L. from Loyola Seminary.. After teaching high school languages he went on to Marquette University, where he received a Ph.D. in systematic theology. A member of the CUA faculty since 1973, he has focused on Christology and soteriology in his teaching.  At various times he has served as department chair, associate dean, and chair of the Academic Senate. Active in the Catholic Theological Society of America and the College Theology Society, he has served as president of the latter.  In addition to numerous book reviews and various book chapters his articles have appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Heythrop Journal, Horizons, Living Light, and Theological Studies.  His widely used College Student’s Introduction to Christology has been translated into Portuguese, and he has co-edited two other books. He is currently working on a history of the soteriological tradition using Bernard Lonergan’s notion of the stages of meaning as a critical control. He enjoys biking, both locally and abroad.

In 2011 former students and colleagues honored Dr. Loewe with a Festschrift entitled Finding Salvation in Christ: Essays on Christology and Soteriology in Honor of William P. Loewe, edited by Christopher Denny and Christopher McMahon (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock).


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6892
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Systematic and Fundamental Theology, especially Christology and Soteriology

  • Lonergan Studies

Latest Publications

“Continuing Conversations.” In C. Denny and C. McMahon, eds., Finding Salvation in Christ: Essays in Honor of William P. Loewe. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2011, 319-331.

“Interpreting the Notification.” In S. Pope, ed., Hope and Solidarity: Jon Sobrino’s Challenge to Christian Theology. Maryknoll, NY 2008: Orbis, 143-152.


TRS 261: Enduring Questions in Catholic Theology

TRS 363 Jesus as the Christ: Contemporary Perspectives

TRS 660 History and Method in Theology

TRS 667A Christology

TRS 763A Soteriology

TRS 771 The Theology of Bernard Lonergan

TRS 867A Chalcedon: Classical Dogma and Contemporary Interpretation

TRS 867D Aquinas on the Incarnation and Passion of Christ



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