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Mathew Schmalz

Schmalz

Religious Studies Department

Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago
 

 

Fields: Global Catholicisms, Hinduism, Catholic esotericism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 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

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.


In Catholic understanding, Jesus gave his disciples the power to forgive sins. Hernán Piñera, CC BY-SA

Following sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, there is a worldwide push to end the guarantee of secrecy of confession – called “

A new Trump ruling will prohibit virtually all Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

The Trump administration will stop accepting asylum applications from migrants who could have claimed asylum in a different country before entering the U.S., it announced on July 15.

The new interim immigration rule upends a

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...