Dr. Daniel A. Keating

Professor of Theology
B.A. (History), University of Michigan, 1980;
M.A. (Theology), Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1994;
M.St. (Christian Doctrine), Oxford University, 1998;
Ph.D. (Theology) Oxford University, 2000.
Bio / Information: 

Dr. Daniel Keating is Professor of Theology at SHMS where he teaches on the Church Fathers, Ecumenism, and the New Evangelization.

He is the author of The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria (2004), Deification and Grace (2007), First and Second Peter, Jude (2011), and co-author of James, 1-3 John (2017), co-author of Athanasius and His Legacy (2017), and The Adventure of Discipleship (2018). He is a Catholic participant in the annual meeting of the national Catholic-Evangelical dialogue.  

"The Adventure of Discipleship"

Jesus tells us that to be his disciple we must surrender everything and, with his grace, brave the path provided for us by God. Such a sojourn will surely be marked by joy, suffering, uncertainty, and above all adventure. Accordingly, The Adventure of Discipleship presents the Gospel through the lens of great adventure stories from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia to popular adventure movies, comic book superheroes, and TV series. While these stories we create and read and retell are but reflections and refractions of the great adventure of discipleship, they provide us with genuine insight into life with Christ.

"Athanasius and His Legacy: Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and its Reception", co-author Thomas G. Weinandy (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017)

Athanasius was a fiery and controversial bishop from Egypt, driven from his See no less than five times. Yet, his work served as a keystone to the settlement of the central disputes of the fourth century, from the Trinitarian and christological debates at Nicaea to the formulation of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. In this volume, Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., and Daniel A. Keating introduce readers to this key thinker and carefully illuminate Athanasius's crucial text Against the Arians, unfolding the Trinitarian and incarnational framework of Athanasius's paramount concern: soteriology. The authors provide, in the second part, a robust map of the reception and influence of Athanasius's thought-from its immediate impact on the late fourth and fifth centuries (in the Cappadocians and Cyril) to its significance for the Eastern and Western Christian traditions and its reception in contemporary thought. Herein, Athanasius is presented for today's readers as one of the chief architects of Christian doctrine and one of the most significant thinkers for the reclamation of the Trinitarian and christological theological tradition.

James, First, Second, and Third John (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)
1 Peter, 2 Peter and Jude. Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011).

This Catholic commentary on First and Second Peter and Jude interprets Scripture from within the living tradition of the Church.

Co-editor with Matthew Levering, St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospel of John, 3 vols, (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2010).
"Deification and Grace" (Naples, FL: Sapientia Press, 2007).

The doctrine of deification came under challenge during the Reformation. Likewise, Orthodox Christians have sometimes charged that Roman Catholic teachings on deification lack coherence.

"St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Colossians", trans. Fabian Larcher (Naples, FL: Sapientia Press, 2006).
"Aquinas on Scripture: An Introduction to his Biblical Commentaries", co-editor with Thomas Weinandy and John Yocum (London: Continuum / T & T Clark, 2005).

This book evaluates all the biblical commentaries of St Thomas Aquinas for the modern age with each commentary examined by an expert, specialist scholar in that field. Each chapter focuses on the two or three major themes of its particular commentary and also relates the themes of the commentaries to Aquinas' Summa Contra Gentiles and especially to his Summa Theologica. The purpose of this volume is not only to evaluate Aquinas' commentaries, but also, in so doing, to demonstrate that Aquinas is primarily a biblical theologian, a consideration that has come more and more to the fore in recent studies. No other book systematically addresses this important issue for Aquinas, biblical studies and theology.

"Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction", co-editor with Thomas Weinandy and John Yocum (London: Continuum / T & T Clark, 2004).

This book provides a critical study of the main Christian doctrines as understood and explained by Thomas Aquinas. The whole Thomistic revival of the last century focused almost exclusively on Aquinas as the Christian philosopher. Thus books and articles developed his understanding of being, his epistomology, natural theology, etc. However little has been done, even to this day, by way of examining Aquinas' teaching on the major Christian doctrines. This book of essays by an international team of recognised scholars will help fill this gap.

"The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Cyril of Alexandria (d.444) was one of the architects of Christian orthodoxy. Daniel A. Keating presents a comprehensive account of Cyril's narrative of salvation. He offers a corrective to certain readings of Cyril and argues that Cyril presents a balanced picture of our union with Christ. The final chapter compares Cyril with Theodore of Mopsuestia, Augustine, and Leo the Great, in order to examine in brief the relationship between Eastern and Western accounts of salvation.

"The Theology of Cyril of Alexandria: A Critical Appreciation", co-editor with Thomas Weinandy (London: Continuum / T & T Clark, 2003).

There is no book in English that treats the whole of Cyril's theological thought. In the past scholars have normally focused on Cyril's Christology and left largely unexamined the remainder of his theological thought. Thus the English-speaking scholarly community has never fully appreciated the breadth, the depth and the immense significance of Cyril's theology. This book is therefore unique. The editors have brought together many of the foremost experts on Cyril. This international team examines all the major facets of his theology, and here for the first time reveals the theology of Cyril of Alexandria as a magisterial whole.

"Called to Christian Joy and Maturity: Forming Missionary Disciples" (co-author with Gordon C. DeMarais)

Jesus called people to become his disciples, and he called them to “make disciples” of others (Matt 28:19). This call to discipleship is a call to Christian maturity. Our hope is that this book will help—even in a small way—inspire, inform, and equip the church to carry out the noble work of forming mature disciples. We must move from focusing on merely bringing people back to church to developing a community of disciples that spends a lifetime sharing in the mission Jesus has given all of us.