Jill Raitt

Jill Raitt Professor Emerita
Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago
Interest: History of Christianity
Email: raittj@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-673-4866

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My interests are the history of Christianity, especially spirituality and the theology of the Eucharist, and a recent project, "Religion, the Professions, and the Public." With regard to the first interest, I believe strongly that to understand any religion, for instance Christianity, one must know something about other major religions, Asian, Indigenous, and other Western religions. My scholarship has been informed and, I believe, strengthened by this principle. My areas of specialization are the Middle Ages and Reformation although I stretch back to Augustine and forward to Thomas Merton. See http://rpp.missouri.edu/ for more on Religion, the Professions, and the Public. I retired (sort of!) in August 2000.

The following reflect selected items since 2002.

Teaching

  • General Honors 1030: Religion and the Professions
  • General Honors 3120: Are the Mysteries Histories? The DaVinci Code and the Name of the Rose

Recent Publications

Invited:Theodor Beza and Augustine, lemma in The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, edited by Karla Pollmann. Publication date 2008.

Invited: “Metonymy and Relation in the Eucharistic Theology of Theodore Beza and its Reception in the Seventeenth Century” in Théodore de Bèze, Réformateur et Homme de Lettres. Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation, Université de Genève, September 27– October 10, 2005. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Frances, 2006, pp. 295-307.

Invited: “A Matter of Substance: From Theodore Beza to René Descartes” Calvin, Beza and Later Calvinism: Calvin Studies Society Papers 2005. Ed. David Foxgrover. Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Calvin Studies Society, 2006, pp. 165-178.

Invited and accepted: “Delivery with a Difference: Religious Pluralism and Professional Practice” for The Center for Religion, the Professions, and the Public’s book of essays by distinguished lecturers.

Invited: “Christian Feminism and Globalization” for the Villanova Institute, to be published in 2006.

“Christianity and Politics” for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd Edition, NY: Macmillan, 2005.

Invited: “The Vocation of the Theologian: Crossing Boundaries” in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Vol. 58, June 2003, pp. 22-36.

Invited: “Spirituality from 1450-1700” for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Spirituality, edited by Arthur Holder. New York and Oxford, Blackwell, 2005.

Lectures

Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Roman Catholicism. Panel member with Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, authors. Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 4-7, 2007.

Elizabeth I, Catholic or Protestant? for exhibition: "Elizabeth I, Ruler and Legend." Ellis Library, Nov. 9, 2006.

Metonymy and Relation in the Eucharistic Theology of Theodore Beza and its Reception in the Seventeenth Century for the international symposium: Théodore de Bèze, Réformateur et Homme de Lettres, Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, September 27- October 10, 2005. (To be published in 2006.)

A Matter of Substance: From Theodore Beza to René Descartes Calvin Studies Society, Grand Rapids, April 7-9, 2005. (To be published in 2006.)

Christian Feminism and Globalization at Villanova University, June 17, 2003.

The Vocation of a Theologian from the Center to the Margins, Plenary Address for the Annual Meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Cincinnati, June 5-8, 2003.

Where the Spirit Blows: Reform from 1450-1700, Conference on Reforms in the Church, Fordham University, New York, August 3, 2002.

Grants

$1,400,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts for Religion, the Professions, and the Public. December 10, 2002. April 1, 2003-May 30, 2005 to establish the Center for RPP.

Professional Development

Certification of completion of two-year Spiritual Direction Internship, December 1. 2006.