Welcome to the online home of John P. Slattery, PhD! I am a Senior Program Associate with the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. I have a PhD 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.
My first book, Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution, and the Catholic Church, is being published by Notre Dame Press on August 31, 2019. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy!
I am also editing a book called Christian Theology and the Sciences which will be published as a part of the T&T Clark Companion series in 2020.
You can also find my work in academic journals and online, especially at Daily Theology, where I serve as co-editor. I have also been featured in Commonweal, 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, science, ecological theology, critical race theory, and scientific racism. 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 musician at a Catholic Church for a while before beginning my academic career. My love of music and art continues to influence not only my active life in the Church, but also my 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 my family.