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Bede Benjamin Bidlack

Ph.D., 2011, Boston College, Comparative Theology
M.A., 2005, Boston University, Chinese Religion
B.A., 1992, Franklin & Marshall College, Biology-Psychology


  • TH 251 Sacraments
  • TH 256 Religions of Asia
  • TH 286 Chinese Religion and Christianity
  • TH 369 Interreligious Dialogue
  • HU 103 & 104 Conversatio

Research Interests

I am a systematic theologian who looks to Daoist thought to inspire new interpretations of Christian revelation. Two events attract my attention: Creation and resurrection. What are the theological implications of the world created good? What does Christian spirituality look like when we allow the Earth and the Cosmos into our lives with God? After Creation, the most remarkable event is the Resurrection. God found part of Creation, the body, important enough to resurrect and to promise humanity eternal life. How do we live the present in light of that future promise of bodily resurrection? What does the resurrection mean for our bodies? These questions draw me into the areas of theological anthropology, as well as practical and sacramental theology, but my approach is comparative.

Directed Study Projects

Students who conduct research projects with me have an interest in Asian religions, interreligious dialogue, or comparative theology. Such study is a response to the call of Vatican II to discover how the Holy Spirit might be working through other religions. In order to do so, students will have to approach their research in the spirit of the first command of the Rule of St. Benedict: "Listen." Students can expect that their studies will prepare them for a world where religions are meeting each other with great frequency and urgency.

Recent Publications

In Good CompanyMonograph:
In Good Company: The Body and Divinization in the Thought of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and Daoist Xiao Yingsou. 2015, Leiden: Brill.

Refereed Articles:
"Teaching Comparatively from an Institution's Mission." Teaching Theology and Religion 17(4): 369-387.

"Divine Lives: Christ, Community, and Cosmos." Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 22, no. 2 (2012): 134-146.

"Alchemy and Martial Arts: Wang Yannian's Gold Mountain Daoism." Journal of Daoist Studies No. 5 (2012).

Book Chapters:

"Teilhard and the Consecrating Universe." 2016. In Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.

"What Child is This? Jesus Christ, Lord Lao, and Divine Plans." 2016. In Comparative Theology: Insights for Christian Systematic Reflection, Michelle Voss Roberts, ed. Fordham University Press. 

Recent Video

Panel Discussion (54 minutes): "Living Cosmology: The Influence of Teilhard de Chardin," Yale Divinity School, November 8, 2014

Contact Information

Prof. Bede Bidlack
Bede Bidlack

Associate Professor
Department of Theology
Saint Anselm College
Box #1721
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102

(603) 641-7072

222 Bradley House

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