Todd A. Salzman, BA, PhD
Todd A. Salzman, BA, PhD

Todd A. Salzman, BA, PhD

Professor
Endowed Chair, Graff Chair in Catholic Theology
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Catholic Theological Ethics: Biomedical, Sexual, Virtue Ethics and Ethical Theory.

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Professor

Biography

He completed his BA in Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, 1986. He completed his BA/MA/STB (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus) in Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1990 and his Ph.D. in theology, summa cum laude with congratulations of the examining board in 1994 at the KUL. He is married to Katy and they have three children: Ian, Aaron, and Emily.

Education

  • BA in Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, 1986.
  • BA/MA/STB (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1990
  • Ph.D. in theology, summa cum laude with congratulations of the examining board in 1994 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Catholic Ethical Method for the 21st Century, 2016
  • Catholic Theological Ethics: Ancient Questions and Contemporary Responses., 2016
  • The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et spes Then and Now., ISBN 978-0-8146-8270-8 (paperback); 978-0-8146-8295-1 (ebook). Co-Authors: Michael G. Lawler and Eileen Burke-Sullivan., Liturgical Press, vii-2015, 2014
  • “The Normativity of History that Shapes Tradition: Human Experience, Sensus Fidei, and Sociology.” In Colby Dickinson, ed., The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity. Co-Author: Michael G. Lawler, Peeters, 27-42, 2013
  • Todd A. Salzman. Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction. ISBN 978-1-58901-913-3 (paperback). Co-Author: Michael G. Lawler., Georgetown University Press, xxix-250, 2012
  • The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology. Moral Traditions Series, Georgetown University Press, 2008
  • Salzman, T. A. Experience, goods, and natural law: Dialogue as a universal ethical method, Theology and conversation: Developing a relational theology, 830-855, 2005
  • Salzman, Todd A. Communion ecclesiology: friendship as a model of conversation within the church, Theology and converstion: towards a relational theology, 531, 2003

Articles

  • “Conscience and the Synod on the Family.”, America, 2015
  • “Theology, Science, and Sexual Anthropology: A Methodological Investigation.” Co-author: Michael G. Lawler., Journal of Religion & Society, 2015
  • “Thinking about Sexuality from Lay and Official Church Perspectives: Anthropological and Methodological Considerations. Co-author: Michael G. Lawler., INTAMS, 2015
  • “Therapeutic, Prophylactic, Untoward and Contraceptive Effects of Combined Oral Contraceptives. Catholic Teaching, Natural Law and the Principle of Double Effect when Deciding to Prescribe and Use.” Co-author: Dr. Murray Casey., American Journal of Bioethics, 2014
  • “People Beginning Sexual Experience.” Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender. Adrian Thatcher, ed. (Online Access: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199664153.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199664153-e-003). Co-author: Michael Lawler., Oxford University Press, 557-72, 2014
  • Salzman, Todd A., Lawler, Michael G. Method and Catholic Theological Ethics in the Twenty-First Century, Theological Studies, 74, 903-933, 2013
  • Lawler, M. G., Salzman, T. A. Usury and Homosexual Behavior: Parallel Theological Tracks?, Modern Believing, 54, 193-200, 2013
  • Salzman, Todd Putting Sex into Context [book review], America, 208, 32-33, 2013
  • Lawler, Michael G., Salzman, Todd A. Virtue Ethics: Natural and Christian, Theological Studies, 74, 442-473, 2013
  • “Theologians and the Magisterium: Proposal for a Complementarity of Charisms.” Peter De Mey, Pieter De Witte, and Gerard Mannion (eds.), Believing in Community: Ecumenical Reflections on the Church Co-author: Michael Lawler., Peeters, 181-98, 2013
  • "Tradition: Human Experience, Sensus Fidei, and Sociology.” In Colby Dickinson, ed., The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity Co-author: Michael Lawler., Peeters, 27-42, 2013
  • “Theology, Science, and Sexual Anthropology.” In F. Depoortere and J. Haers eds., To Discern Creation in a Scattering World. Co-author: Michael Lawler., Peeters, 297-314, 2013
  • “Human Experience and Catholic Moral Theology.” Co-Author: Michael G. Lawler, Irish Theological Quarterly, 76 no. 1, 35-56, 2011
  • “Theology, Science, and Sexual Anthropology: An Investigation.” Co-author: Michael G. Lawler, Louvain Studies, 35, 69-97, 2011
  • Lawler, Michael G., Salzman, Todd A. Beyond Catechesis, America, 205, 16-19, 2011
  • Salzman, T. A., Lawler, M. G. A Dialogue with Barbara Hilkert Andolsen about Our Book: The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, Conversations in Religion and Theology, 8, 92-98, 2009
  • Salzman, T. A., Lawler, M. G. Soulmates: A Theological Approach, Furrow, 61, 425-432, 2009
  • Salzman, T. A., Lawler, M. G. A Pastoral Letter of the United States Catholic Bishops: A Commentary, INTAMS, 15, 214-228, 2009
  • Salzman, T. A., Lawler, M. G. Karl Rahner and Human Nature: Implications for Ethics, Irish Theological Quarterly, 74, 389-418, 2009
  • Salzman, T. A., Lawler, M. G. Charisms and Magisterial Teaching, Patheos.com, 2009
  • Salzman, Todd A., Lawler, Michael G. Truly Human Sexual Acts: a Response to Patrick Lee and Robert George, Theological Studies, 69, 663-680, 2008
  • Salzman, Todd Creation and Covenant; the Significance of Sexual Difference in and for the Moral Theology of Marriage, Theological Studies, 69, 463-465, 2008
  • Salzman, Todd A., Lawler, Michael G. Quaestio Disputata Catholic Sexual Ethics: Complementarity and the Truly Human, Theological Studies, 67, 625-652, 2006
  • Salzman, T. A. Friendship, marriage, and sacrament: Philia as a model of Christian love, Chicago Studies, 45, 147-161, 2006
  • Lawler, M., Salzman, T. New natural law theory and foundational ethical principles: A critique and a proposal, Heythrop Journal, 47, 182-205, 2006
  • Lawler, M., Salzman, T. Catholic Sexual ethics: Complementarity and the truly human, Theological Studies, 67, 625-652, 2006
  • Salzman, Todd A. A morally complex world: Engaging contemporary moral theology, Theological Studies, 66, 474-476, 2005

Editing and Reviews

  • “Aline H. Kalbian. Sex, Violence & Justice: Contraception and the Catholic Church.”, America, 211/9, 42-43, 2014
  • Salzman, Todd A. Planning Family, America, 211, 42-43, 2014
  • “William Loader. The New Testament on Sexuality.”, America, 32-33, 2013

Presentations

  • “Gaudium et Spes on Human Dignity: The Plural Perspectives of Conscience.” University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. (March 23-25, 2015)., 2015
  • Professional Interview: “What did Pope Francis mean when he said children should grow up with a father and mother?” Vox.com interview (access at: http://www.vox.com/2014/12/2/7318273/pope-francis-catholic-complementarity)., 2014
  • “Documentary: Out of the Shadows.” Panelist. Creighton University., 2014
  • “Science and Sexual Anthropology.” Center for Religion and Society. Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • “Breakfast with an Author: Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction.” Society of Christian Ethics, Seattle, WA., 2014
  • “Documentary: The Waiting Room.” Panelist. Creighton University., 2013
  • “Thinking about Sexuality from Lay and Official Church Perspectives.” Keynote Speaker. INTAMS Colloquium on Marriage and Family. Leuven, Belgium., 2013
  • “Method and Catholic Moral Theology in the 21st Century.” Presenter. Christian Ethics Group. Theology Faculty. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium., 2013
  • “Intellectual Conversion and the Sexual Person.” Catholic Theological Society of America, Miami, FL., 2013
  • “HHS Mandate and the USCCB.” Presenter. Marian High School, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • "Natural Law and Sexual Anthropology.” Keynote Address. University of San Diego, San Diego, CA., 2013
  • “The Election of Pope Francis.” Panelist. University of San Diego, San Diego, CA., 2013
  • Professional Interview: “The Election of Pope Francis: Comments from Theologians.” Greek Publication (access at: http://www.tovima.gr/world/article/?aid=503529)., 2013
  • Professional Interview: “New Evangelization to Be the Focus of U.S. Bishops’ Meeting with Theologians.” National Catholic Register (access at: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/all-hands-on-deck-new-evangelization-focus-of-meeting-between-u.s.-bishops/)., 2013
  • “Catholic Sexual Ethics and Sexual Anthropology: An Ongoing Dialogue.” Invited Speaker. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, New York., 2013
  • “Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: A Critical Reflection.” Caring Families. Omaha, NE., 2012
  • “The ‘Great Mystery’ of Sexuality: Catholic Reflections.” ATMT (Association of Teachers of Moral Theology), Leeds, England. Co-Presenter: Michael Lawler., 2012
  • “Technology in the Classroom.” eFellows Presentation. Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2012
  • “The Virtue of Courage in Healthcare: Response to Dr. Ruth Purtillo.” Invited Respondent. Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2012
  • “Caritas in Veritate.” Creighton University., 2011
  • “The Normativity of History that Shapes Tradition: Human Experience, the Social Sciences and the Sensus Fidei”.” LEST IX (Leuven Encounter in Systematic Theology), Leuven, Belgium., 2011
  • “Permanent Vegetative State and Treatment Decisions.” Lecture. Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services: History, Content, and Case Study.” Lecture. Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • Invited Lecture: ““The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Sexuality.” Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Respondents: Bryan Massingale and Susan Ross., 2011
  • Plenary Speaker. “The Evolution and Renewal of Catholic Sexual Anthropology: Hope in the City of God?” Undergraduate Marriage, Family and Dating conference. Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Biomedical Ethics; Sexual Ethics; Virtue Ethics; Ethical Theory; Politics, Theology, and Ethics; Ecclesiology; International Humanitarian Law; Gender

Current Research Projects

  • Virtue Ethics and Ethical Theory; Conscience; Sexual Ethics and Public Policy

Grant Funding Received

  • Catholic Ethical Method in the 21st Century. Summer Faculty Research Grant. Awarded by Creighton University Graduate School.

Awards and Honors

  • Nominated for the the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for The Sexual Person, 2010