John P. Edwards

John P. Edwards is Director of the Center for Pastoral Ministry Education and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.  He spent five years as Retreat Coordinator in Campus Ministry at Villanova before moving into his current role of overseeing the admission, placement, formation, and curriculum development of graduate students in ministry and theology.  He completed his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College in 2015.

John is currently working on a book manuscript under the title James Alison and a Girardian Theology: Induction and Conversion, based on his dissertation and set to be published by T&T Clark, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

He has published multiple articles and chapters on Alison, Girard, and theology in several journals and edited volumes.

  •  “James Alison’s Theological Appropriation of Girard.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion. Edited by James Alison and Wolfgang Palaver. New York: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2017: 233-239.
  • From a ‘Revealed’ Psychology to Theological Inquiry: James Alison’s Theological Appropriation of Girard.Contagion, Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 21 (2014): 121-130.
  • Being Freed from the Illusion of the Enemy: James Alison on Contemplative Prayer and Eucharistic Liturgy.Who is My Enemy? Religious Hope in A Time of Fear. Selected Papers from the Theology Institute 42 (2011): 1-16.
  • The Self Prior to Mimetic Desire: Rahner and Alison on Original Sin and Conversion.Horizons 35.1 (Spring, 2008): 7-31.

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