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Brian Matz, PhD, STD



PhD and STD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
PhD,  St. Louis University
ThM, Dallas Seminary
BSBA, Washington University St. Louis


Dr. Matz serves Aquinas Institute as Professor of Historical Theology and Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Assessment. He comes to Aquinas after having served as the CSJ Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne University. Professor Matz also previously taught at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. A recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants, with the most recent through the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Patristics Society, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Society of Biblical Literature.


Church History I
Church History II
History of Preaching

Selected Publications

"Scripture as Medicine in Early Christian Social Ethics.” In New Approaches to Biblical Ethics. Biblical Interpretation Series. Edited by Volker Rabens. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming in 2019.


“Mind and Body in Gregory of Nazianzus.” In A History of Mind and Body in Late Antiquity. Edited by Sophie Cartwright and Anna Marmodoro. Pp. 306-320 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.


“‘Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees’: Jewish Teaching and Heresy in Early Christian Exegesis of Matt 16:6-12”. In The ‘New Testament’ as a Polemical Tool: Studies in Ancient Christian Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Beliefs. Edited by Riemer Roukema and Hagit Amirav. Pp. 205-220. The Hague: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2018.


“Augustine in the Predestination Controversy of the Ninth Century. Part II: The Single Predestinarians John Scotus Eriugena and Hincmar of Rheims.” Augustinian Studies 47 (2016): 17-40.


“Augustine in the Predestination Controversy of the Ninth Century. Part I: The Double Predestinarians Gottschalk of Orbais and Ratramnus of Corbie.” Augustinian Studies 46 (2015): 155-184.


“Reception of the Augustinianism Debate in the Double-Predestination Debate of the Carolingian Era.” In Grace for Grace: The Debate after Augustine and Pelagius. Edited by Brian Matz, Augustine Casiday and Alexander Hwang. Pp. 235-270. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2014.


“Early Christian Philanthropy as a ‘Marketplace’ and the Moral Responsibility of Market Participants.” In Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics. Edited by Daniel Finn. Pp. 115-145. Oxford: Oxford University Press. March 2014.


Matz, with Meghan Benson, Luke Connors, Porsche Erekson et al.. “Legacy of Prosper of Aquitaine in the Ninth-Century Predestination Debate.” Studia Patristica 69 (2013): 283-288.


“Ascetic Readings of the Agricultural Parables in Mt 13:1-48 in the Cappadocians.” In Askese und Exegese in im frühen Christentum. Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus. Vol. 101. Edited by Hans-Ulrich Wiedemann. Pp. 268-283. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.


“Baptism as Theological Intersection in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 39.” Sacris Erudiri 51 (2012): 35-58.


“Deciphering a Recipe for Preaching in Oration 14.” In Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture. Edited by Christopher A. Beeley. Pp. 49-66. CUA Studies in Early Christianity. Washington D.C.: CUA Press, 2012.