Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Cathey, Robert

Robert Cathey joined the McCormick Seminary faculty in 1998 and was named Professor of Theology in 2008. He has taught at The Near East School of Theology (Beirut, Lebanon), Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL), Davidson College, and William Paterson University (NJ). Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he served one year as Chaplain of Monmouth College and was Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (1993-1997).

He is a member of the Christian Leadership Initiative of the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) that included intensive study in Jerusalem in July 2010 and 2011. He is also a member of the Christian Scholars Group for Christian-Jewish Relations (2008-2013). He serves in the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago, and attended the fourth and fifth Parliaments of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain (July, 2004), and Melbourne, Australia (December, 2009).

He is a member of The Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ), and was the first convener of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning (1996-99), an organization that engages Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scholars in philosophic and theological interpretation of scriptural texts.

Robert is the author of God in Postliberal Perspective: Between Realism and Non-Realism (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009). He has written or co-authored essays, articles, or reviews in Modern Theology, The Review of Metaphysics, Interpretation, Ars Disputandi, Currents in Theology and Mission, Ecumenical Trends, McCormick Notes, Theological Education, Pro Ecclesia, Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin. He contributed chapters or articles to Feasting on the Word: Lectionary Commentary Series (Westminster John Knox Press); Shaping Beloved Community: Multicultural Theological Education (Westminster John Knox Press, 2006); Ecumenical Theology in Worship, Doctrine, and Life (Oxford University Press, 1999); Festschrift in Honor of Charles Speel (Monmouth College, 1996); Dictionary of Christianity in America (InterVarsity Press, 1990).

His teaching and research interests include classic Christian doctrines, practices, and figures in modern and late modern perspectives, and religious pluralism in Chicago and the Middle East.



* B.A. Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
* M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)
* Ph.D. Duke University (Durham, NC).

T 300: Introduction to Christian Theology
T 404: Who is Jesus Christ for Us Today?
T 421: Karl Barth Without Apology
T 435: Religious Pluralism (with adjunct faculty - Janaan Hashim)
T 461: The Self in Nature, Culture, and Society: Reformed and Other Perspectives
T 487: Schleiermacher: The Liberal Spirit
T/B 493: Thinking Biblically (with Robert Brawley)
T 411: God as Trinity: Foundations with Faces
T 649: Theological and Ethical Perspectives on the Practice of Ministry

Robert Cathey
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Field of Study:
Theology, Interfaith
Professor of Theology