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Dr. Timothy Harvie

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Ethics
Program Coordinator, Social Justice and Catholic Studies

Phone: (403) 254-3742
Office: A327

LicDD Theological Method, Ethics and the Natural Sciences, University of Wales
PhD Systematic Theology and Ethics, University of Aberdeen
Master of Arts and Religion (High Honours), Canadian Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Theology, Ambrose University College

Specializations: eco-philosophy, animal philosophy, religious studies and climate, economics and social justice, theology and ethics.

After completing my PhD in Scotland and postdoctoral work in Wales, I returned to Calgary and began teaching at St. Mary’s. I now live, along with my wife and daughter, and our two dogs and two cats, in the far south of Calgary. I teach philosophy and ethics because I have a passion for helping students think critically about their lives, communities, and their world. There is much that can be learned from an examination of classical and modern thought that opens students to new questions and exposes them to new ways of viewing their experiences and their world. I desire to see my students become equipped to strive for justice and engage society with compassion in a spirit of equity and inclusivity. I have published on diverse figures such as the German political theologian, Jürgen Moltmann, and the medieval scholar Thomas Aquinas. Recently, my research and writing has focused on critical animal studies and environmental theologies and philosophies. In this regard I am particularly interested in intersubjective accounts between human and non-human animals, eco-theology, the dialogue between religion and science, and the political implications of these. When not doing academic work I can be found walking my dogs, visiting the mountains, watching Star Trek, or listening to the music of U2.

I am drawn to myriad relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world, and exploring how our political and economic institutions impact the earth and its myriad inhabitants. I am also drawn to creative accounts of how religion and spirituality intersect with these and can be discussed creatively to find to ways of framing these relationships. To this end, my research explores the intersections of philosophy, theology, religion, alongside politics, economics, and science.



Christian – Buddhist Conversations: Foundations for Dialogue co-authored with A.W. Barber (Calgary: Vogelstein Press, 2020)

Jürgen Moltmann’s Ethics of Hope: Eschatological Possibilities For Moral Action (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009)

Reviewed in: Book Notes, Ethical Perspectives, Modern Believing,
Theologische Literaturzeitung, Studies in Christian Ethics, Political Theology,
and International Journal of Public Theology


Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World co-edited with Trevor Bechtel and Matthew Eaton (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018)

Reviewed in: Reading Religion, The Conrad Grebel Review, and Teologinen Aikakauskirja

Journal Articles (peer reviewed)

“Political Lament: Extinction, Grief, and Embodied Silence” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (forthcoming)

“Laudato sí and Animal Well-Being: Food Ethics in a Throwaway Culture” co-authored with Matthew Eaton, Journal of Catholic Social Thought 17.2 (2020)

“Our Intertwined Animality: Forgoing Ultimacy for Intimacy in Dialogue with Eschatology and Science” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 49.1 (2020)

“A Politics of Connected Flesh: Public Theology, Ecology, and Merleau-Ponty” International Journal of Public Theology 13.4 (2019)

“Eschatological Communion: Human and Nonhuman Animals in Light of Evolution” Toronto Journal of Theology 34.1 (2018)

“Protest As Prayer: Paul Ricoeur and the Surplus of Political Meaning” International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 6.4 (2016)

“The Social Body: Thomas Aquinas on Economics and Human Embodiment” Heythrop Journal 56.3 (2015)

“Jürgen Moltmann and Catholic Theology: Disputes On The Intersections Of Ontology and Ethics” Heythrop Journal 55.3 (2014)

“Thomas Aquinas, Amartya Sen, and Critical Economic Discourse” Philosophy, Culture and Traditions 9 (2013)

“Resurrection and Spirit: Pannenberg’s Method in Two Doctrines” Canadian Theological Review 2.1 (2013)

“God As A Field Of Force: Personhood and Science in Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Pneumatology” Heythrop Journal 52.2 (2011)

“Living The Future: The Kingdom Of God In The Theologies of Jürgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg” International Journal of Systematic Theology, 10.2 (2008)

Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

“Growth Is an Idol in a Throwaway Culture: Ecotheology Against Neutrality,” Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World: Dialogues With Laudato Si, Dennis O’Hara, Matthew Eaton, and Michael Ross eds. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019)

“Animals as Eschatology: Struggle, Communion, and the Relational Task of Theology,” Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World, Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie eds. (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018)

“In God’s Country: Spatial Sacredness in U2” co-authored with Michael R. MacLeod, U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher, Scott Calhoun ed. (New York:Bloomsbury Press, 2018)

Conference Papers (peer reviewed)

“Political Lament: Ecocide and Embodied Silence in Public Spaces” Religion and Ecology Unit, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November 23-26, 2019)

“Public Theologies and Pope Francis: Economics, Technology, and Bodies Panel” Ecclesiological Investigations Unit, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November 23-26, 2019)

“A Politics of Connected Flesh: Ecology, Merleau-Ponty, and Public Theology” Religion and Ecology Unit, American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO (November 17-20, 2018)

“Critique and Creativity: Canonicity and Mythos in Science Fiction and Religion” Religion and Science Fiction Unit, American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO (November 17-20, 2018)

“Mirror, Mirror: Star Trek Discovery as Cultural Criticism” Science Fictions, Popular Culture Academic Conference, Kona, HI (September 13-16, 2018)

Laudato sí and Animal Well-Being: Exploring Food Ethics in a Throwaway Culture” co-authored with Matthew Eaton; Pope Francis, A Voice Crying Out in the World: Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth, Villanova University (April 13-15, 2018)

Panel: “Animal Expression, Theological Thought: How Animal Encounters Ground Theological Construction” Animals and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Boston MA (November 18-21, 2017)

“Our Intertwined Animality: Merleau-Ponty and Eschatological Conceptions of Flesh” Polar Bears, Ponies, and Pets: Human-Animal Ethics in Religious Discourses, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB (October 13-15, 2017)

“Sacramental Relations: Companion Animals, Divine Presence, and Moral Formation from Thomas Aquinas” Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (September 9-11, 2016)

“The Animals That Shape Us: Teaching Animal Philosophy through Personal Narratives of Encounter” Rouge Forum Conference, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, AB (May 27-28, 2016)

“Horta, Humpbacks, and the Encounter at Farpoint: On How Roddenberry’s Vision Includes Animals” Pop Culture Conference: A Celebration of Star Trek, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (May 6-7, 2016)

“Eschatological Communion: Human and Non-human Animals in Light of Evolution” International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (January 14-17, 2016)

“Opening the Windows Once More: Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II, and Pope Francis” Vatican II: Remembering the Future, Georgetown University, Washington DC (May 21-24, 2015)

“Protest as Prayer: Paul Ricoeur’s Symbolics and the Surplus of Political Meaning” Fifth Annual Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference, University of California at Berkley, Berkley, CA (April 16-17, 2015)

“Keeping It Together: Pope Francis and a Theological Approach to Economics” Panel: Beyond Man of the Year: Assessing Celebrity and Substance in the Papacy of Francis I, Roman Catholic Studies Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November 22-25, 2014)

“Can’t Buy Me Love: Thomas Aquinas and Amartya Sen on Critical Economic Discourse” International Workshop on Religion, Philosophy, and Culture, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON (September 23-24, 2013)

“‘Occupy Medieval Paris’: What Would Thomas Aquinas Say in Economically Uncertain Times?” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 28 – 30, 2012)

“Corpus Socialis: The Integral Role of the Body as the Medium of Ethics in Thomas Aquinas” Commun(icat)ing Bodies: The Body and Religion Conference, University of Graz, Austria (February 15 – 17, 2012)

“In Search Of An Ethics Of Hope: Jürgen Moltmann, Catholic Social Thought and an Eschatological Economy” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 30 – June 1, 2011)

“Thou Shalt Not Steal: Thomas Aquinas’s Philosophy of Justice and the Social Good” Catholic Studies Conference, St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (March 11 – 12, 2011)

“Public Hope in Dialogue: The debate between Moltmann and Ratzinger as a Means to Public Theology” Canadian Theological Society, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences (May 31 – June 2, 2010)

“God As a Field of Force: Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Holy Spirit” The Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, Duke University, Durham, NC (March 13-15, 2008)

“Economics of Hope: Church Life In a Global Era”, Systematic Theology Section American Academy of Religion, Washington DC (November 2006)