Hugh T. McElwain

Office & Location:
Fine Arts 305
Office Phone:
(708) 524-6660

Job Title

Professor Emeritus - Theology


Hugh T. McElwain holds a doctorate from the Marianum Pontifical Faculty, Collegio Sant'Alessio, Rome, Italy. He served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dominican from 1994 to 2002. He was professor of systematic theology and academic dean of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and a member of the Institute for Religion and Science, from 1968 to 1972. He has lectured extensively on theology and science, especially in reference to the scientific phenomenology of Teilhard de Chardin. He presented a paper, “Comparing Teilhard de Chardin's The Human Phenomenon with John Stewart's Evolution's Arrow,” at the 2005 Conference “Discovering Fire,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of Teilhard's death. His paper, “A Metaphysics of the Future: Science and Theology, Partners in Dialogue,” was presented at the 2006 Metanexus Conference in Philadelphia. Among his other publications are several books, including An Introduction to Teilhard de Chardin, St. Augustine's Doctrine on the Just War, Theology of Limit and the Limits of Theology, as well as a chapter in Earth Ethics' Report. He is the recipient of Dominican University’s 1995 Mother Evelyn Murphy Excellence in Teaching Award. He recently published a chapter (Teilhard and John Stewart: A Metaphysics of the Future) in Rediscovering Teilhard's Fire (ed. By Kathleen Duffey, S.S.J.). Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, 2010.


MA, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy
MDiv, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy
STD, St. Alexis International College, “Marianum” Pontifical Institute, Rome, Italy


  • Eastern Religious Traditions
  • Western Religious Traditions: People of the Book
  • Mysticism in the Religions of the World
  • Religious Traditions: Non-Violence and the Just War
  • Theology of Evolution: Nature as Text and the Text of Revelation
  • Health-Care Ethics
  • The Mystery of Evil in Religion and Literature
  • Virtues and Values: Persona & Professional Ethics
  • Diversity, Culture and Community: Intolerance and Conflict