Joseph Wawrykow

Joseph Wawrykow
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2011-2012)
  • “Jesus the ‘true human’: Grace and Virtue in the Christology of Thomas Aquinas”

Joseph Wawrykow is an associate professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in medieval theology. Much of his research is dedicated to the study of Thomas Aquinas and his scholastic contemporaries.

Professor Wawrykow is the author of God’s Grace and Human Action: ‘Merit’ in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995) and of The Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005). He is also co-editor (with Kent Emery) of Christ among the Medieval Dominicans (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999) and (with Rik Van Nieuwenhove) The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). He has published on a wide variety of medieval theological topics, in such journals as Archiv für ReformationsgeschichteJournal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and The Thomist. He is on the editorial board of The Westminster Collection of Sources of Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox Press) and is the area editor for the History of Christianity for Religious Studies Review. He is currently at work, as co-editor, on the Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology. He was formerly on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame Press.

Among his awards and fellowships are a Charlotte W. Newcombe dissertation fellowship (1984-1985), a Whiting Prize Fellowship (1985-1986), and a Lilly Research Fellowship (Association of Theological Schools, 1998-1999). He was awarded a Kaneb teaching award for undergraduate teaching (2002), and was designated by the University of Notre Dame as a Master Mentor (1999) for his work with doctoral students.


  • The Christology of Thomas Aquinas in Its Scholastic Context

    Oxford University Press, 2015

    Joseph Wawrykow

    Wawrykow Christology Crop

    The Christology of Aquinas is resolutely incarnational. Jesus, the incarnate Word, is true God, true human; and that Jesus is the Word, and God, and human, is, Aquinas insists, of decisive importance for human salvation. This chapter discusses the Christology of Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, with particular attention to the importance of the full, and distinctive, humanity of the Word incarnate. It deals with Aquinas’s view of the place of Jesus in God’s saving plan, and the principal sources of this teaching on Christ. The chapter looks at Aquinas’s teaching about the humanity of Christ, with particular attention to the co-assumed, to what is taken up by the Word in becoming incarnate along with the human nature itself. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Aquinas’s mature Christology by considering certain criticisms made of this teaching by those less comfortable with an incarnational approach.

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