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 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. 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).