Matt Tapie, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics
Theological ethics, Jewish-Christian relations, political theology, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas
Dr. Tapie is a visiting assistant professor at The Catholic University of America. His primary teaching interests are theological ethics, Jewish-Christian relations, political theology, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. After earning graduate degrees from Abilene Christian University (M.Div.) and the Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University (M.A.), 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 in April 2012, is entitled, Aquinas on Israel and Church: A Study of the Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Tapie’s dissertation examined Aquinas’s view of Jewish observance of the Mosaic Law after the Passion of Christ and its implications for contemporary challenges in Jewish-Christian relations.
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. Dr. Tapie is also teaching Jewish-Christian Relations for the 2012-2013 academic year. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia, where he taught courses in Christian Ethics and Modern Theology. He is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Tapie has presented at a variety of academic conferences and received numerous research fellowships, including the Hubbard Dissertation Fellowship, which the STRS awarded to him for the 2011-2012 academic year. His current work focuses upon Aquinas’s view of Church and Israel in his Pauline commentaries and its relevance for contemporary challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations, theological ethics, and political theology. Dr. Tapie is scheduled to present a paper, entitled “Aquinas as Resource for the New Black Theology,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is also co-editing a collection of essays that explores how Christian theologians in a variety of historical and social settings have drawn upon scripture to engage the political order.