Welcome to the online home of John P. Slattery, PhD! I am an independent scholar in Washington, DC, and a recent doctoral graduate in Systematic Theology and the History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. Here you can find links to my various personas online (ranging from Academia.edu to a Facebook Music Page), as well as download my latest Curriculum Vitae.
I have two books currently in the works: Evolution, Catholicism, and Notre Dame: Rev. John Zahm’s Quest for a Science-Friendly Faith (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019); and Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences (edited, T&T Clark, 2020).
You can also find my work in journals and online, especially at Daily Theology, where I serve as co-editor. I have also been featured in Religion Dispatches (on Teilhard de Chardin and responding to critics) as well as in Hope Sings So Beautiful.
My academic and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Catholicism, modern science, ecological theology, critical race theory, and contemporary politics. These interests originate from a strong historical and philosophical bent, wherein I situate my interests in the histories of ecological and evolutionary sciences, 19th and 20th century Christianity, and American race relations.
This historical and philosophical approach to theology allows me to discuss not only the history of the Church, but how this history is intimately connected with the various conceptions of science, power, and culture in the last two centuries, including the desecration of the Earth, the biases against persons of color, and the ongoing political negation of God’s preferential option for the poor.
As a musician, I find strength in Christian worship music of all eras and genres, and was a full-time worship leader for a while before my academic career. My love of music and art continues to influence not only his active life in the church, but also his ability to find new ways to address old academic problems.
Finally, I am a grateful husband and father of four, constantly kept out of the clouds by the tangible love of his family.