Graduate of the Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (B.Th, M.Th, PhD). Completed doctoral studies at Maynooth and researched at L'Institut Catholique de Paris. Tutor in Theology, Maynooth (2005-2011); Occasional Lecturer in Theology, Maynooth (2009-present); Lecturer in Theology, St Patrick's College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (2011); Adjunct Researcher at the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, Maynooth (2011-present); Lecturer in Religious Studies and Theology, WIT (2011-present); BA (Hons) Programme Co-ordinator, WIT (2013-2018); Course Leader, MA in Social Justice and Public Policy (2017-present); Committee member of Irish Theological Association (2013-present).
The interface between theology and film
Depictions of Jesus in popular media
The hermeneutics of film
The philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer; in particular, his understanding of tradition and effective history
The sacramental theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet, his understanding of symbolic mediation and how it informs the theology/film dialogue
Religion and social research
The new visibility of religion in contemporary culture
Tutor in Theology, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth (2005-2011)
Occasional Lecturer in Theology, Maynooth (2009-present)
Occasional Lecturer in Theology, St Patrick's College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (2011)
Lecturer in Religious Studies and Theology, WIT (2011-present)
Adjunct Researcher at the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, Maynooth (2011-present)
BA (Hons) Programme Co-ordinator, WIT (2013-2018)
Committee member of Irish Theological Association (2013-present)
“The Space Between: Pasolini’s Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo and the Mediation of Scripture.” Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming).
“The Cinema of Contemplation: Paul Schrader’s First Reformed,” Reality November 2019.
'The Sacred within the Profane: Cinema and Christian Identity,' Psycho-Logik: Jahrbuch für Psychotherapie, Philosophie und Kultur vol. 13. (Freiburg/München: Verlag Karl Abler, 2018).
'Re-writing the Gospel: Cinema and Scripture in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.' In The Cultural Reception of the Bible: Explorations in Theology, Literature and the Arts (Festschrift), eds. Salvador Ryan and Liam Tracey OSM (Dublin: Four Courts, 2018).
'Moving Texts: A Hermeneutics of the Gospel according to Hollywood,' Harvard Theological Review 111, no. 3 (2018).
'Through a Lens, Darkly: Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror,' Reality, October 2017.
(with Tom Boland) 'A Genealogy of Critique: From Parrhesia to Prophecy,' Critical Research on Religion 5, no. 2 (2017).
"Passionate Images: Cinema and the Passion," Reality March 2016.
'The Short-Lived Mercy of Men,' Reality October 2015.
'What has Hollywood to do with Jerusalem?' Reality September 2015.
'Beyond the Screen: Cinema and Prayer,' Reality May 2015.
'Under the Microscope: The Theory of Everything,' Reality April 2015.
'"Because he is Different . . ." The Ambiguous Hermeneutics of Nicholas Ray's King of Kings,' Heythrop Journal 56, no. 2 (2015).
"Mangers, Magi, and Monty Python: The Nativity in Film," Reality December 2014.
'Saints in the Cinema: Images of Saints and Sanctity in Film,' Reality November 2014.
'Under the Microscope: Jimmy's Hall,' Reality October 2014.
'Under the Microscope: Calvary,' Reality September 2014.
'Imagining the Son,' Intercom June 2013.
'The Jesus Film and Tradition: A Hermeneutical Reflection,' Gregorianum 94, no. 1 (2013).
'Re-Consecrating Jesus: Pasolini's The Gospel According to St Matthew and the Hermeneutics of Tradition,' Maynooth Theological Journal 1 (2011).
'The Passion: A Vindication Without Vengeance,' Intercom April 2011.
'Re-Appreciating the Biblical Epic: Nicholas Ray's King of Kings Fifty Years On,' Intercom October 2010.
'Noli Me Tangere: The Resurrection and Openness to the Symbolic,' Intercom April 2010.
'Engaging with the Reality of the Resurrection,' Intercom March 2008.
Thesis Supervisor: MA Social Studies; MA Applied Spirituality
Faculty Member: Economy and Society PhD Summer School