Robert Parks

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Robert N. Parks

Doctoral Candidate

Profile

Robert’s chief research interest is in the surprisingly beneficial ways ancient Christian writer Augustine of Hippo speaks to contemporary questions surrounding gender. In addition, he explores ancient interaction between Muslims and Christians for the help it offers to conversation and cooperation between persons today. Robert is also committed to furthering the appreciation of Western and Eastern Christians for each other in education at the local parish level.

Degrees

  • M.A., The Catholic University of America
  • B.A., Ohio Dominican University

Dissertation

Working Title:

Gender and the Bishop’s Body: Augustine on the Church and Christ’s Person and Natures.

Director:

Jana M. Bennett, Ph.D.

Readers:

Sandra Yocum,  Ph.D., William Portier,  Ph.D., Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., Chad Pecknold,  Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Beliefs in Dialogue: The Eastern Catholic Churches (Fall 2016)
  • Augustine of Hippo (Spring 2016)
  • Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies (Fall 2013-Fall 2015)
  • Introduction to World Religions (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)

Scholarly Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming, “Augustine and Proba on the Renewed Union of Man and Woman in Christ's Humanity and the Church.” Studia Patristica (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2017). 

PRESENTATIONS

May 2017: “Two Images of God: Augustine and the Equality of Men and Women.” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (Accepted).

May 2017: “Equality in Desolation and the Church: Women and Men in Three of Augustine’s Letters.” The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, .Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (Accepted).

May, 2016: “Two Images of God: Augustine on Male/Female Equality in Human Substance.” The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

October 2015: “Scripture in the Church: Augustine’s Potential toward Equality of Women and Men.” Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance (PMR) Conference, Villanova University, Radnor, Pennsylvania.

August, 2015: “Augustine and Proba on the Renewed Union of Man and Woman in Christ's Humanity and the Church” Seventeenth International Conference on Patristics Studies, University of Oxford, UK.

October, 2014: “Man and Woman United: Augustine and Proba on Male/Female Union in Christ.” Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance (PMR) Conference, Villanova University, Radnor, Pennsylvania.