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Mathew Schmalz

Schmalz

Religious Studies Department

Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago
 

 

Fields: global Catholicisms, Hinduism, Catholic esotericism,  Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, religion and violence, religion and the erotic


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Email: mschmalz@holycross.edu
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Mat is the founding editor of the Journal of Global Catholicism and professor of religious studies. He grew up in Western Massachusetts and worked as a volunteer for the Glenmary Order in the rural Oklahoma before attending Amherst College where he earned his B.A. in 1987. After managing a homeless shelter for the Pallottine Order in New York City, Mat went to the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and, in 1998, was awarded his Ph.D. in History of Religions. 


Mat has received Century, Watson, USED Fulbright, and AIIS Fellowships, and resided in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for a total of four years as a student and researcher. His publications engage global Catholicism (particularly in South Asia), Catholic theology and spirituality, Mormonism, and Jehovah's Witnesses. He is co-editor of Engaging South Asian Religions: Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances and author of Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life Changing Gift. 


Mat regularly contributes to media coverage of religion and religious issues. He has published opinion pieces in Newsweek, Salon, The Washington Post, Fortune, USNews & World Report, Commonweal Magazine, and The National Catholic Reporter. He has also provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, ABC's Good Morning America, NPR, BBC1 and BBC5, Agence France-Press, CNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and NBC News.  Additionally, his non-fiction writing has appeared in the Best American Spiritual Writing series. 

Mat is a grateful husband and a father to two wonderful daughters.  Mat's family also spends a lot of time with their standard poodle (Harold), pot-belly pig (Half-Pint), Afghan leopard gecko (Mr. Wiggles), and two Buck Orpington chickens (Minerva and Louise).

Selected Academic Articles

Mathew N. Schmalz“ Ad Experimentum: Theology, Anthropology and the Paradoxes of Indian Catholic Inculturation,” Theology and the Social Sciences, ed. Michael Barnes (Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2001), 161-180.

 

Schmalz, Mathew N. "The Faith and Rationality of Dalit Christian Experience." Asian Horizons 5.1 (2011): 24-35

 

Mathew N. Schmalz, “Thinking with Nostra Aetate: From the New Pluralism to Comparative Theology,” Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal, Vol. I: Keynote and Plenary Papers of the DVK International Conference on Vatican II, 31 January - 3 February 2013, ed. Shaji George Kochuthara, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2014, 450-465.

 

Schmalz, Mathew N. "Hypostatic Union and the Subtle Body: An Analysis of Christian Yogic Practice." Asian Horizons 6.2 (2012): 353-363.

 

Schmalz, Mathew N. "The Silent Body of Audrey Santo." History of Religions 42.2 (2002): 116-142.

 

Schmalz, Mathew N. "Images of the Body in the Life and Death of a North Indian Catholic Catechist." History of Religions 39.2 (1999): 177-201

 

Selected Journalistic Writing

The Conversation: Taxing the rich to help the poor? Here’s what the Bible says

The Conversation:  https://theconversation.com/profiles/mathew-schmalz-318095

Newsweek:  http://www.newsweek.com/user/24763

Salon: http://www.salon.com/writer/mathew-schmalz/

 

The Conversation

Mat Schmalz is a frequent contributor to The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website. His most recent contributions appear below.


Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne

Nearly 300 people were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter.

Several Christian communities spread across the island nation were targeted in the ...


Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with child sex abuse. AP Photo/Andy Brownbill

A court in Australia recently convicted Cardinal George Pell on charges of molesting two choir boys 20 years ago. Pell is the most senior Vatican official ever to be convicted of such a crime.

The verdict on Pell was announced only days after Pope Francis had concluded a summit of nearly 200 Catholic bishops on

Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington D.C., prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File

The Vatican recently “defrocked” Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and the retired archbishop...


Missionary nuns in a Congolese military camp in 1960. AP Photo/Horst Faas

A majority of church-going American Christians are unfamiliar with the term, the “Great Commission,” a recent survey found.

Even among those familiar with it, 25 percent recognized the phrase but could not explain what it was. Only 17 percent were familiar with the phrase and its meaning.

So what exactly is the Great Commission? And why is it a contr...


El Papa Francisco dijo que la pena de muerte no puede ser aprobada porque ‘ataca’ la dignidad inherente de todo ser humano. AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file

A principios de agosto, el Papa Francisco ha declarado la pena de muerte “inadmisible”. Esto significa que la pena de muerte no debe realizarse bajo ninguna circunstancia y altera el Catecismo católico, un compendio de la doctrina católica, que vincula a los todos los creyentes de la Iglesia Católica Romana.

Pero a pesar de su declaración definitiva, la acción del Papa Francisco quizás solo profundice en el debate sobre ...