Dr. Andrew Swafford

Position Title: Associate Professor

Department: Theology

Office: Ferrell Academic Center 311

Phone: 913.360.7797

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Andrew Swafford is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College, where he regularly teaches courses on Scripture and Christian moral life. He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake and a master’s degree in Old Testament & Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is author of Spiritual Survival in the Modern World: Insights from C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters; John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Christian Philosophy of Life; and Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement. He is contributing author to Letter & Spirit Vol. 11: Our Beloved Brother Paul—Reception History of Paul in Catholic Tradition; Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ through the Liturgy; 30-Second Bible: The 50 Most Meaningful Moments in the Bible; and I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics.Andrew is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and Society of Biblical Literature; he is also a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Andrew has appeared on EWTN’s Catholicism on Campus and is a regular contributor to Ascension Press’ Bible blog as well as Chastity Project. He lives with his wife Sarah and their four children in Atchison, Kansas.

 

CLASSES

 

THEO-1100 Intro to Theology

THEO-2000 Christian Moral Life

THEO-2100 Old Testament I (Pentateuch)

THEO-3100 Old Testament II (Wisdom)

THEO-3110 Old Testament III (Prophets)

THEO-2150 New Testament I (Synoptic Gospels)

EVCA-3200 Divine Pedagogy (Catechesis in Scripture)

 

Special Topics Classes

 

Historical Jesus & Christian Origins

Nature & Grace

Love & Responsibility: The Life & Thought of John Paul II

Biblical Hebrew

 

EDUCATION

 

BA in Philosophy, Benedictine College (2004)

BA in Religious Studies, Benedictine College (2004)

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), University of St. Mary of the Lake (May 2007)

M.A. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2009)

Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), University of St. Mary of the Lake (2012)

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Biblical Theology (Old and New Testaments)

Nature & Grace, Matthias J. Scheeben

Thomistic-Aristotelian Thought

John Paul II, Love & Responsibility

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Spiritual Survival in the Modern World: Insights and Applications from C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters       

    (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016)

 

“St. Paul in Matthias Scheeben: The Plenary Significance of the Incarnation,” in Letter & Spirit Vol. 11     

    Our Beloved Brother Paul—Reception History of Paul in Catholic Tradition, ed. Scott Hahn     

    (Steubenville, OH: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, 2016).

 

“A Biblical Look at Divinization” in Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ

    through the Liturgy, ed. Andrew Hofer, OP (Chicago, IL: Hillenbrand, forthcoming 2015).

 

John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Christian Philosophy of Life(Eugene, OR:

    Wipf and Stock, 2015).

 

Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement (Eugene, OR:

    Pickwick, 2014).

 

"Finding the Way: My Journey from Football to Faith" Kansas Monks Spring

    2014, vol. 9, no. 1. 

 

“Solomon’s Wisdom, The Annunciation, Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan, Jesus’ Entry into

    Jerusalem, The Last Supper, The Prodigal Son, The Wedding at Cana, Pentecost,

    Paul’s Letter to the Romans, The Book of Revelation,” in 30-Second Bible, ed.

    Russell Re Manning (London: Ivy Press, 2013).

 

“Freedom in Christ” in I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics, ed. Chris Cuddy

    and Peter Ericksens, introduction by Scott Hahn (Cincinnati, OH: Servant, 2007).

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

“Love and Responsibility,” given with Sarah Swafford, Benedictine College,
            April 25, 2016.

 

“Pentateuch and Matthew,” four one-hour presentations, Alexandria, LA,
            Cathedral, March 19, 2016.

 

“Salvation History: Part I” and “Salvation History: Part II,” Sophia Institute,
            Manchester, NH, November 4, 2015.

 

“One Gopsel,” St. Paul’s Outreach, Benedictine College, February 2, 2015.

 

“Interstellar and Moral Decision Making,” SEEK (FOCUS national conference), January 1-5, 2015.

 

“John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again: A Disciple’s Tale,” Fides et Ratio Day, Benedictine College,

     April 22, 2014.

 

“The Majestic Splendor of the New Covenant,” Symposium on Advancing the

    New Evangelization: The Transcendentals as a Preamble for Faith, Mar.

    21-22, 2014. 

 

“Divinization in Scripture,” Conference entitled Divinization: Participating in the

    Divine Nature hosted by the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary,

    September 12-13, 2013.

 

Four lectures over Catechism articles 1-421, for Holy Family School of Faith,

    held at St. Joseph’s Parish Atchison, KS, November 7, 14, 28, December

    5, 2012.

 

7 ½ hours of lecture over salvation history at Benedictine College’s Cathedral (a

    summer academic conference for high school students), June 17-22, 2012.

 

“The Convergence of all Salvation History in the Holy Eucharist,” Kansas

    Catholic College Student Convention (KCCSC), Lawrence, KS, February

    12, 2012.

 

“Papacy in Light of the Davidic Kingdom,” Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea

    Catholic Church, Bucyrus, KS, December 6, 2009.

 

“Eucharist as Fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover,” Queen of the Holy

    Rosary Wea Catholic Church, Bucyrus, KS, October 11, 2009.

 

First Century Judaism SeminarThe Todah Sacrifice: the Apostles’

    Understanding of the Eucharist, respondent, September 8, 2007

    Dallas chapter of Catholics United for the Faith and Remnant of Israel.

 

“Philosophy and Science: How Formal Causality can make Science Philosophical

    and Philosophy Scientific,” Midwest American Academy of Religion, March 31, 2007.

 

“The New Evangelization,” FOCUS conference, January 2006.

 

RADIO INTERVIEWS

 

 Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Job 12, March 1, 2016.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Ruth 1:1-18, November 18, 2015.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Bruce McGregor and Matt Wilkom, discussing Sacred Tradition, August 18, 2015.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Mt 15:1- 20, June 29, 2015.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Revelation 17,

February 9, 2015.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Romans 6:1-14,

August 25, 2014.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing my conversion

story, April 22, 2014.

 

Crossroads Radio, host Mark Newman, discussing my conversion story, March 31, 2014.

 

Spirit Catholic Radio, hosts Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, discussing Mark 11:11-26,

January 14, 2014.

 

EWTN RADIO: Nextwave Faithful, host Stephanie Wood, August 9, 2007.