Randall Smith
Randall B. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Theology
Scanlan Foundation Chair in Theology
University of St. Thomas, Houston


Curriculum Vitae (not current; see list of publications below)

TEACHING:
* Philosophy of Teaching
* Semester-Long "Deep Learning" Exercise (This "deep-learning exercise" was composed at "Boot Camp for Professors" and incorporated into my "Teachings of the Catholic Church class.  If I were to use it again, I would substitute Pope John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris for David Bently Hart's The Doors of the Sea.  My students found Hart's use of language too pedantic.  I was re-reading the pope's encyclical this past Thanksgiving, and it's better anyway.)
* Student Evaluations (not summaries, but actual student comments; I have provided the committee with everything that the Assessment Office was able to provide me)
2004:  THEO 1300/3300 D; MLMLA 5300; THEO 1300/3300 C  
2005: HONORS 1392 A; THEO 1300/3300 C; THEO 3300 CTA; THEO 4374 A 
2006-2007: HONORS 1392 A; THEO 1300/3300 D; THEO 1300/3300 E; THEO 3300 CTA; THEO 4325 A
2008: THEO 3300/3310 C; THEO 4374 N
2012: THEO 3349 A; THEO 3349 B; THEO 3349 C; THEO 4374 A
* Web Sites of Recent Courses Taught (I ask members merely to click around in these web sites to get an idea of my approach to teaching.  Each course web site has a copy of the syllabus for the course at the very top.)
Teachings of the Catholic Church
Modern Challenges to Christianity
Christ and the Moral Life

PUBLICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

Publications In Print:

 

In Print:


"Hope and History," in Redeeming Philosophy: From Metaphysics to Aesthetics, ed. John Conley, S.J. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2014), 173-199.

"If Philosophy Begins in Wonder": Aquinas, Creation, and Wonder," Communio 41 (Spring 2014): 92-111.

"Thomas Aquinas on the Ten Commandments and the Natural Law," in The Decalogue and its Cultural Influence, ed. Dominik Markl, S.J. (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013).


Thirteenth, Greatest of Centuries?Sacred Architecture 22 (2012): 21-24.


How to Read a Sermon by Thomas Aquinas,” Nova et Vetera, vol. 10, no. 3 (Summer 2012): 775-804.

 

“What the Old Law Reveals about the Natural Law According to Thomas Aquinas,” The Thomist vol. 75, no. 1 (January 2011): 95-139.

 

On Penance, Absolution, and the Forgiveness of Sins,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (November, 2011).

 

The Hebrew Bible and Creation,” in Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics & the Environment, edited by Tobias Winright (Anselm Academic Press, 2011).

 

Thomas Aquinas,” encyclopedia article in Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, ed. G. T. Kurian (The Scarecrow Press, 2010).

 

Don’t Blame Vatican II: Modernism and Modern Church Architecture,” in Sacred Architecture (Fall 2007).

 

Book review of: Russell Hittinger, The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World, in Crisis (October 2003).

 

“Thomas Aquinas's Semiosis of the Old Law in Terms of the Natural Law,” in Semiotics 2002, ed. Scott Simpkins and John Deely (Ottawa, Canada: Legas, 2003), pp 185-201.

 

“The Semiotic Function of the Epigraph in Aquinas' Biblical Prologues and Sermons: A Mixing of Memory and Desire,” in Semiotics 2001, ed. Scott Simpkins and John Deely (Ottawa, Canada: Legas, 2002), pp.420-438.

 

Forthcoming:


"Natural Law and Grace: How Charity Perfects the Natural Law," forthcoming in a volume on the Infused Virtues, ed. Henk Schoot, Thomas Instituut, Utrecht, Netherlands (peer-reviewed, accepted for publication, final edits finished, now awaiting volume).


"Religious Freedom and Freedom of Conscience: The Coming Perfect Storm," forthcoming in Touchstone (appearing in the January 2015 edition).


“Christian Temperance and Mimetic Desire,” forthcoming in Temperance, ed. R. E. Houser (peer-reviewed, accepted for publication, and scheduled for print from Catholic University of America Press).

 

Current Projects in Process:

 

How to Read a Sermon by Thomas Aquinas.  A book-length study of Thomas Aquinas’s style of preaching, which includes an analytical outline of each of the sermons, as well as analytical outlines of the prologues to Thomas’s biblical commentaries, many of which use a similar method.  Finished peer-review process with Catholic University of America Press.  For a flavor of the book, please see the article by the same name linked below.

 

Themis and Dikē: Divine Order and Human Justice in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.  A book-length study of two key concepts in the philosophy of law of the ancient Greeks.  Finished peer-review process with Notre Dame Press. 

 

The Roots of the Natural Law Tradition: From Homer to Cicero.  This is the first volume in a planned multi-volume set of readers of classic texts (with commentary) dealing with the natural law tradition from Homer to Pope John Paul II.  Volume 2 will deal first with key biblical texts and then move to a consideration of Patristic and early Medieval thinkers, culminating with the work of Thomas Aquinas.  Volume 3 will trace the development of the tradition from the late Medieval period through the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation.  The final volume will deal with contemporary developments since the Eighteenth Century. Volume 1 is in process.

 

Popular Publications (Both On-Line and In Print):


"Is the Second Coming Still Coming?" The Catholic Thing, 7 December 2014.


"Journalism Today: Telenovela or Truth?" Aleteia, 6 December 2104.


"The Limits of a Secular Age," The Catholic Thing, 19 November 2014.


"Why a Bishops' Accreditation Process Could Be the Best Thing for Catholic Higher Education," Aleteia, 12 November 2014.


"Conscience and Reality," The Catholic Thing, 5 November 2014.


"Can an Atheist Make a Really Great Film about Faith?" Aleteia, 4 November 2014.


"Reading the Signs of the Times Rightly, Aleteia, 25 October 2014.


"Conscience and Truth," The Catholic Thing, 18 October 2014.


"The Challenge of the Church's Social Magisterium," The Catholic Thing, 4 October 2014.


"The Reality of the Church’s Social Magisterium," The Catholic Thing, 14 September 2014.


"A Modest Proposal for Dying Religious Communities, The Catholic Thing, 28 August 2014.


"A Right to Complain, an Obligation to Help," The Catholic Thing, 14 August 2014.


"The Heavens Declare the Glory of God," The Catholic Thing, 30 July 2014.


"A Pastoral and Dogmatic Council," The Catholic Thing, 19 July 2014.


"When Catholic Colleges Abandon Theology Requirements," Crisis 15 July 2014.


"A Higher Power," The Catholic Thing, 2 July 2014.


"A Tale of Two Trials: Karamazov and Zimmerman," Public Discourse, 26 June 2014.


"Dostoyevsky the Prophet: The Trial of Dmitri Karamazov and the Redefinition of Family," Public Discourse, 24 June 2014.


"Suffering Servant, the Circuit Breaker,
The Catholic Thing, 18 June 2014.


"Why St. Thomas Becket was Martyred," Crisis, 5 June 2014.


"Ignoring a Pope While Pretending to Listen," The Catholic Thing, 29 May 2014.


"The “Sensus Fidelium” and Popular Piety," The Catholic Thing, 15 May 2014.

"The Proper Sense of the ‘Sensus Fidelium'," The Catholic Thing, 1 May 2014.

"Logic: What’s Missing from Public Discourse," Crisis, 30 April 2014.


"Why I Don’t Write About the Vatican," The Catholic Thing, 16 April 2014.

"The Cistercians Are Back at Zirc," The Catholic Thing, 6 April 2014.


"Why We Need More Canon Lawyers," Crisis, 1 April 2014.

"The Late Great Fr. David Balas, O. Cist.," The Catholic Thing, 27 February 2014.

"Working with Better Principals," The Catholic Thing, 13 February 2014.

"A Confusing Conundrum in Our Culture," The Catholic Thing, 30 January 2014.

"Kissing and Communicating," The Catholic Thing, 16 January 2014.

"Gender and a Sacramental View of the Body," The Catholic Thing, 4 January 2014.

"Cartesian Gender Confusions (Cont.)," The Catholic Thing, 19 December 2013.


"Confusions sur le genre, d’inspiration cartésienne,"
France Catholique, 7 December 2013.


"Cartesian-Inspired Gender Confusions," The Catholic Thing, 5 December 2013.


"Le pape François : l’homme et le message," France Catholique, 25 November 2013.


"Perpetually Passed Over by Polling," The Catholic Thing, 21 November 2013.


"Francis: The Man and the Message," The Catholic Thing, 6 November 2013.


"Que souhaiteriez-vous être ?" France Catholique, 18 October 2013.


"Who Do You Want to Be?" The Catholic Thing, 17 October 2013.


"La nourriture raisonnée (Contraceptive Eating)," France Catholique,7 October 2013.


"La sexualité du robot (suite) : le principe de nuisance,"
France Catholique, 6 October 2013.


"Christ and the Moral Life," The Catholic Thing, 6 October 2013.


"Jesus Christ Superstar Now," Crisis, 25 September 2013.


"Contraception : le sexe vu comme une maladie,"
France Catholique, 25 September 2013.


"Contraception: Sex as a Disease," The Catholic Thing, 19 September 2013.


"La place de la nourriture et de la sexualité dans l’épanouissement humain," France Catholique, 7 September 2013.


"Food and Sex for Human Flourishing," The Catholic Thing, 5 September 2013.


"Contraceptive Eating," The Catholic Thing, 23 August 2013.


"Suicide's Tormented Souls," Crisis, 15 August 2013.


"Théologie morale et épanouissement humain,"
France Catholique, 13 August 2013.


"Moral Theology and Human Flourishing," The Catholic Thing, 8 August 2013.


"Pas de mal, des devoirs et autres imbroglios moraux,"
France Catholique, 24 July 2013.


"No Harm, Ought, and Other Moral Muddles," The Catholic Thing, 24 July 2013.


"After Architectural Modernism" Crisis, 11 July 2013.


"The Harm Principle," The Catholic Thing, 11 July 2013.


"Le désir sexuel, le langage, un combat inégal," France Catholique, 25 June 2013.


"Lust, Language, and the Un-level Playing Field," The Catholic Thing, 20 June 2013.

"De la sexualité des robots," France Catholique, 22 June 2013.

"Robot Sex," The Catholic Thing, 6 June 2013.


"Luxuria, la vie facile,"
France Catholique, 27 May 2013.


"Luxuria," The Catholic Thing, 25 May 2013.


"The Mystery of Esolen: Who are They?" The Catholic Thing, 9 May 2013.

"Tribunal Troubles," The Catholic Thing, 25 April 2013.


"Les hommes sont comme le Christ, le Chef de l’Eglise,"
France Catholique, 13 April 2013.


"Men Like Christ, Head of the Church," The Catholic Thing, 11 April 2013.


"The Reform We Need," Crisis, 3 April 2013.


"Vieillir et se retirer,"
France Catholique, 24 February 2013.


"Aging and Office," The Catholic Thing, 24 February 2013.

"Maȋtrise des armes, maȋtrise de la Cour," France Catholique, 7 February 2013.


"Gun Control, Court Control," The Catholic Thing, 31 January 2013.


"Reading in the New Year," The Catholic Thing, 7 January 2013.


"Joseph, père modèle,"
France Catholique, 28 December 2012.


"Joseph, Model Father," The Catholic Thing, 27 December 2012.


"Ce qui importe désormais," France Catholique, 10 December 2012.


"What Matters Now," The Catholic Thing, 9 December 2012.


"A propos du départ d’un voisin très aimé," France Catholique, 19 November 2012.


On the Passing of a Beloved Neighbor,” The Catholic Thing, 14 November 2012.

 

The Pro-Life USCCB Voter’s Guide,” The Catholic Thing, 25 October 2012.

 

"Former une conscience catholique," France Catholique, 12 October 2012.


Forming a Catholic Conscience,” The Catholic Thing, 11 October 2012.

 

“Une histoire en guise d’avertissement (Les débats entre Lincoln et Douglas en 1858),” France Catholique, 23 September 2012.

 

A Cautionary Tale,” The Catholic Thing, 21 September 2012.

 
"Sainteté : commencez par payer votre loyer," France Catholique, 9 September 2012.


Holiness Means Paying Your Rent,” The Catholic Thing, 8 September 2012.

 

"Cartographie de nos désirs désordonnés," France Catholique, 30 October 2012.


Mapping Our Disordered Desires,” The Catholic Thing, 25 August 2012.

 

“Se libérer du Catholicisme?” France Catholique, 12 August 2012.

 

Freedom from Catholicism,” The Catholic Thing, 11 August 2012.

 

“Le catholique anti-catholique,” France Catholique, 16 July 2012.

 

The Anti-Catholic Catholic,” The Catholic Thing, 14 July 2012.

 

Dewey or Don’t We: Why Our Kids Are Messed Up” (part 2), Crisis 4 July 2012.

 

Dewey or Don’t We: Why Our Kids Are Messed Up” (part 1), Crisis 3 July 2012.

 

“Certains sont plus ‘autres’ que d’autres,” France Catholique, 24 June 2012.

 

Some Are More ‘Other’ Than Others,” The Catholic Thing, 24 June 2012.

 

Courtship, Etiquette, and the Adolescent Male,” Crisis, 1 June 2012.

 

“A propos du mariage: Salut, partenaire!” France Catholique, 21 May 2012.

 

Howdy Partner,” The Catholic Thing, 19 May 2012.

 

“Agitation à propos des jérémiades Jenky,” France Catholique, 6 May 2012.

 

Jittery About Jenky’s Jeremiad,” The Catholic Thing, 5 May 2012.

 

Raising the Bar: Christianity and Liberal Arts in the University,” Crisis, 19 April 2012.

 

“L’amour désire connaître le bien-aimé,” France Catholique, 15 April 2012.

 

Love Desires to Know the Beloved,” The Catholic Thing, 15 April 2012.

 

Curiosities About Counting,” Crisis, 4 April 2012.

 

"Fraqueza que nos fortalece," Actualidade Religiosa, 28 March 2012.

 

“La faiblesse qui nous rend forts,” France Catholique, 21 March 2012.

 

Weakness that Makes us Strong,” The Catholic Thing, 21 March 2012.

 

“On ne coopère pas avec le mal,” France Catholique, 5 March 2012.

 

No Cooperation with Evil,” The Catholic Thing, 4 March 2012.

 

“La foi : une qualité pour l’intellect,” France Catholique, 19 February 2012.

 

Faith: A Virtue of the Intellect,” The Catholic Thing, 18 February 2012.

 

Beware the ObamaCare Win-Win,” The American Thinker, 17 February 2012.

 

Health Care Overreach: Federalism and Federal Mandates,” The American Thinker, 14 February 2012.

 

Faith Isn’t a Checklist,” The Catholic Thing, 2 February 2012.


"Fé enquanto compromisso," Actualidade Religiosa, 1 February 2012.


Faith as Commitment,” The Catholic Thing, 27 January 2012.

 

“La Foi : un engagement,” France Catholique, 23 January 2012.

 

“Hasard tragique - sacrifice par amour,” France Catholique, 1 January 2012.

 

Random Tragedy to Loving Sacrifice,” The Catholic Thing, 31 December 2011.

 

“Une vierge concevra,” France Catholique, 13 December 2011.

 

The Virgin Shall Conceive,” The Catholic Thing, 10 December 2011.

 

“Impossible pour un homme seul,” France Catholique, 26 November 2011.

 

For Man It is Impossible,” The Catholic Thing, 26 November 2011.

 

“Chce to viac šírky sv. Ignáca,” postoy.sk, 15 November 2011.

 

“Une vue à long terme - Mystique de l’unité,” France Catholique, 10 November 2011.

 

Taking the Long View,” The Catholic Thing, 9 November 2011.

 

“Peuple souverain?” France Catholique, 26 October 2011.

 

Power to the People?The Catholic Thing, 26 October 2011.

 

The Austrian Priests’ Initiative,” The Catholic Thing, 13 October 2011.

 

“Kiljoy is Here,” Notre Dame Magazine (Autumn 2011).

 

Dialogue Without Compromise, Without Fear,” The New Oxford Review, vol. 78, no. 7 (September 2011): 30-33.

 

"RCIA Dismay," The Catholic Thing, 20 September 2011.


The Magnificent Cat,” The Catholic Thing, 3 September 2011.

 

Thinking in Church and With the Church,” The Catholic Thing, 20 August 2011

 

“Svätý Augustín o sláve a páde Ríma,” postoy.sk, 17 August 2011.

 

Can We Stop Telling God What to Do?The Catholic Thing, 11 August 2011

 

Vertus pour la cité,” France Catholique, 30 July 2011.

 

The Virtues of the City,” The Catholic Thing, 30 July 2011.

 

Getting Rid of the Body,” The Catholic Thing, 13 July 2011.

 

American/Catholic/Patriot,” The Catholic Thing, 2 July 2011.

 

A Shameful Glory,” The Catholic Thing, 18 June 2011.

 

Our Numbered Days: Certain Death & the Last Lectures of Socrates & Jesus,” Touchstone, March-April 2011, Volume 24, Issue 2.


Quick, Call the Police!  It’s an Academic Lecture,” The New Oxford Review, January-February 2011, volume 78, no. 1.

 

Waiting for God? On the Meaning of “Providentially, Just in Time,” Touchstone, January-February 2011, Volume 24, Issue 1.

 

Revelations Public and Private,” The Catholic Thing, 28 January 2011.

 

“How to Ride an Elevator,” Notre Dame Magazine (Winter, 2010-11).

 

The Missing Foundation of Social Justice,” The Catholic Thing, 23 December 2010.

 

Studying With Ralph McInerny,” The Catholic Thing, 22 September 2010.

 

Say It Again: What Is There To Talk About In Heaven?Touchstone, Sept.-Oct. 2010, Volume 23, Issue 5.

 

Fides et Ratio:  The Aeterni Patris of this Generation?The Catholic Thing, 19 August 2010.

 

Reading the Church Fathers and Doctors,” The Catholic Thing, 13 June 2010.

 

Books and the Hungry Soul,” The Front Porch Republic, 8 June 2010.

 

But I by Backward Steps Would Move,” The Front Porch Republic, 26 February 2010)