Dr. Timothy Harvie

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Ethics
Program Coordinator, Social Justice and Catholic Studies

Phone: (403) 254-3742
Office: A327

LicDD Theological Method, Ethics and the Natural Sciences, University of Wales
PhD Systematic Theology and Ethics, University of Aberdeen
Master of Arts and Religion (High Honours), Canadian Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Theology, Ambrose University College

Specialization/research interests: modern theology, social ethics, historical philosophy, hermeneutics

After completing my PhD in Scotland and postdoctoral work in Wales, I returned to Calgary and began teaching at St. Mary’s. I now live, along with my wife and our two dogs, in the far south of Calgary. I teach philosophy and ethics because I have a passion for helping students think critically about their lives, communities, and their world. There is much that can be learned from an examination of classical and modern thought that opens students to new questions and exposes them to new ways of viewing their experiences and their world. I desire to see my students become equipped to strive for justice and engage society with compassion in a spirit of equity and inclusivity. My research focuses on philosophical theology where I engage practical questions from the standpoint of metaethical issues and grounded primarily in continental thought. I have published on diverse figures such as the German political theologian, Jürgen Moltmann, and the medieval scholar Thomas Aquinas. I am interested in the big social questions of our day such as philosophical accounts of embodiment and the political economy. More recently, I have begun investigating scholarly discussions in critical animal studies and environmental theologies and philosophies. In this regard I am particularly interested in intersubjective accounts between human and non-human animals as well as animal eschatologies. When not doing academic work I can be found walking my dogs, visiting the mountains, watching science fiction movies, or listening to the music of U2.

Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World co-edited with Trevor Bechtel and Matthew Eaton (Eugene: Cascade Books, forthcoming 2018)

Jürgen Moltmann’s Ethics of Hope: Eschatological Possibilities For Moral Action (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009)

Reviewed in: Book Notes, Ethical Perspectives, Modern Believing,
Theologische Literaturzeitung, Studies in Christian Ethics, Political Theology,
and International Journal of Public Theology

Journal Articles
“Eschatological Communion: Human and Nonhuman Animals in Light of Evolution” Toronto Journal of Theology Vol. 34 no. 1 (forthcoming, 2018)

“Protest As Prayer: Paul Ricoeur and the Surplus of Political Meaning” International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society Vol. 6 no. 4 (2016)

“The Social Body: Thomas Aquinas on Economics and Human Embodiment” Heythrop Journal Vol. 56 no.3 (2015)

“Jürgen Moltmann and Catholic Theology: Disputes On The Intersections Of Ontology and Ethics” Heythrop Journal Vol. 55 no.3 (2014)

“Thomas Aquinas, Amartya Sen, and Critical Economic Discourse” Philosophy Culture and Traditions Vol. 9 (2013)

“Resurrection and Spirit: Pannenberg’s Method in Two Doctrines” Canadian Theological Review Vol. 2 no.1 (2013)

“God As A Field Of Force: Personhood and Science in Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Pneumatology” Heythrop Journal Vol. 52 no.2 (2011)

“Living The Future: The Kingdom Of God In The Theologies of Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg” International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol. 10 no.2 (2008)

Chapters in Books
“Animals as Eschatology: Struggle, Communion, and the Relational Task of Theology,”
Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World, Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie eds. (Eugene: Cascade Books, forthcoming 2018)

“In God’s Country: Spatial Sacredness in U2” co-authored with Michael R. MacLeod, U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher, Scott Calhoun ed. (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2018)

Conference Proceedings
“On Star Trek’s Inclusion of Animals,” Time Lords and Tribbles, Winchesters and Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference, A Five Year Retrospective, Paul Booth and Isabella Menichiello eds. (2017).

Conference Papers
Laudato sí and Animal Well-Being: Exploring Food Ethics in a Throwaway Culture” co-authored with Matthew Eaton; Pope Francis, A Voice Crying Out in the World: Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth, Villanova University (April 13-15, 2018)

Panel: “Animal Expression, Theological Thought: How Animal Encounters Ground Theological Construction” Animals and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Boston MA (November 18-21, 2017)

“Our Intertwined Animality: Merleau-Ponty and Eschatological Conceptions of Flesh” Polar Bears, Ponies, and Pets: Human-Animal Ethics in Religious Discourses, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB (October 13-15, 2017)

“Sacramental Relations: Companion Animals, Divine Presence, and Moral Formation from Thomas Aquinas” Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (September 9-11, 2016)

“The Animals That Shape Us: Teaching Animal Philosophy Through Personal Narratives of Encounter” Rouge Forum Conference, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, AB (May 27-28, 2016)

“Horta, Humpbacks, and the Encounter at Farpoint: On How Roddenberry’s Vision Includes Animals” Pop Culture Conference: A Celebration of Star Trek, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (May 6-7, 2016)

“Eschatological Communion: Human and Non-human Animals in Light of Evolution” International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (January 14-17, 2016)

“Opening the Windows Once More: Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II, and Pope Francis” Vatican II: Remembering the Future, Georgetown University, Washington DC (May 21-24, 2015)

“Protest as Prayer: Paul Ricoeur’s Symbolics and the Surplus of Political Meaning” Fifth Annual Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference, University of California at Berkley, Berkley, CA (April 16-17, 2015)

“Keeping It Together: Pope Francis and a Theological Approach to Economics” Panel: Beyond Man of the Year: Assessing Celebrity and Substance in the Papacy of Francis I, Roman Catholic Studies Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November 22-25, 2014)

“Can’t Buy Me Love: Thomas Aquinas and Amartya Sen on Critical Economic Discourse” International Workshop on Religion, Philosophy, and Culture, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON (September 23-24, 2013)

“‘Occupy Medieval Paris’: What Would Thomas Aquinas Say in Economically Uncertain Times?” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 28 – 30, 2012)

“Corpus Socialis: The Integral Role of the Body as the Medium of Ethics in Thomas Aquinas” Commun(icat)ing Bodies: The Body and Religion Conference, University of Graz, Austria (February 15 – 17, 2012)

“In Search Of An Ethics Of Hope: Jürgen Moltmann, Catholic Social Thought and an Eschatological Economy” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 30 – June 1, 2011)

“Thou Shalt Not Steal: Thomas Aquinas’s Philosophy of Justice and the Social Good” Catholic Studies Conference, St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (March 11 – 12, 2011)

“Public Hope in Dialogue: The debate between Moltmann and Ratzinger as a Means to Public Theology” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 31 – June 2, 2010)

“God As a Field of Force: Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Holy Spirit” The Wesleyan Theological
Society Annual Meeting, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC (March 13-15,

“Economics of Hope: Church Life In a Global Era”, Systematic Theology Section American Academy of Religion, Washington DC (November17-21, 2006)

Invited Papers and Presentations
“Minding the Earth: A Roundtable Discussion of Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical” St. Mary’s University, Calgary, AB (September 24, 2015)

“Criticizing and Abiding: An Approach to Ethics and Scripture” McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, via the internet (October 29, 2012)

“Methodological Issues Raised in Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Magnum Opus” Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, via the internet (December 9, 2010)

Panel Discussion on Caritas in Veritate: Social Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, St. Mary’s University College (March 4, 2010)

“Resurrection and Spirit: Pannenberg’s Method In Two Doctrines” University of Wales, Lampeter (September 29, 2008)

“The Past and the Future: Barth, Moltmann and the Doctrine of The Resurrection” University of Wales, Lampeter (December 5, 2007)

“The Kingdom of God in Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg” McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University (November 18, 2005)

“Ethical Perspectives in ‘Theology of Hope’” University of Aberdeen Systematic Theology Postgraduate Seminar (2004)

Book Reviews
Review of Massimo Faggioli, Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the in the
Twenty-First Century in International Journal of Public Theology
Vol. 11 no. 3 (2017)

Review of Kent Eilers, Faithful to Save: Pannenberg on God’s Reconciling Action in Heythrop
Vol. 58 no. 1 (2017)

Review of John Atherton, Christopher Baker, and John Reader, Christianity and the New Social
Order in International Journal of Public Theology
Vol. 8 no. 4 (2014)

Review of Lisa Sowle Cahill, Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics in International
Journal of Public Theology
Vol. 8 no. 3 (2014)

Review of Dominic Robinson, Understanding the “Imago Dei”: The Thought of Barth, von Balthasar
and Moltmann in Theology
Vol. 115 no. 6 (2012)

Review of Heather Thomson, The Things That Make For Peace in International Journal of Public
, Vol. 6 no.2 (2012)

Review of Anne Hunt, The Trinity: Insights From The Mystics in Heythrop Journal, Vol. 52 no.5

Review of Herman J. Selderhuis, Calvin’s Theology Of The Psalms in Heythrop Journal, Vol. 52
no.3 (2011)

Review of Daniel L. Migliore, The Power Of God And The Gods of Power in Heythrop Journal,
Vol. 51 no.4 (2010)

Review of Victor V. Claar and Robin J. Clay, Economics In Christian Perspective: Theory,
Policy And Life Choices in Heythrop Journal
, Vol. 51 no.4 (2010; reprinted Vol. 53 no.5, 2012)

Review of Randall C. Zachman, John Calvin As Teacher, Pastor, And Theologian: The Shape Of His Writings And Thought and Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin in Heythrop Journal, Vol. 50 no.2 (2009)

Review of James K. A. Smith and James H. Olthuis (eds.), Radical Orthodoxy And The Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, And Participation in Heythrop Journal, Vol. 49 no.1 (2008)

Review of Charles Partee, Calvin And Classical Philosophy in Heythrop Journal, Vol. 48 no.4 (2007)

Review of Charles E. Gutenson, Reconsidering The Doctrine Of God in Heythrop Journal Vol. 48 no.3 (2007)

Review of Joy Ann McDougall, Pilgrimage Of Love: Moltmann On The Trinity And Christian Life in International Journal of Systematic Theology Vol. 9 no.1 (2007)

Review of Michael Gilbertson, God And History In The Book Of Revelation: New Testament Studies In Dialogue With Pannenberg And Moltmann in Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 59 no.2 (2006)

Review of Jürgen Moltmann, Science And Wisdom in Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 58 no.3 (2005)

Review of Daniel Deme, The Christology of Anselm of Canterbury in International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol. 7 no.2 (2005)

Review of James M. Gustafson, An Examined Faith: The Grace of Self-Doubt in Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol.20 no.2 (2004)

Popular Articles and Internet Writing
“The Doctor Is In” (http://www.startrek.com/article/guest-blog-the-doctor-is-in), October 12, 2017

“The Importance of the Gorn” (http://www.startrek.com/article/the-importance-of-the-gorn), May 12, 2017

“The Importance of Friendship in Star Trek” (http://www.startrek.com/article/the-importance-of-friendship-in-star-trek), March 8, 2017

“The Importance of Education on TNG” (http://www.startrek.com/article/the-importance-of-education-on-tng), February 4, 2017

“Horta, Humpbacks, and the Encounter at Farpoint” (http://www.startrek.com/article/horta-humpbacks-and-the-encounter-at-farpoint), January 3, 2017

“The Examined Life is the Only One Worth Living” (http://www.startrek.com/article/the-examined-life-is-the-only-one-worth-living), November 30, 2016

“In Search Of A Shared Ethics” in The Carillon (Publication of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary), April 2011

“The Courage To Not Know” in The Carillon (Publication of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary), November 2010

“The World Is Our Family” in The Carillon (Publication of the Catholic Diocese of Calgary), April 2010