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Paul Giurlanda  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, , 1985
  • M.A. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1978
  • M.S. Education, Syracuse University, NY, 1974
  • A.B. English Literature, Catholic University of America, D.C., 1969

Teaching Experience:

  • Department of Religion - Saint Mary's College of California (1978 - Present)


Selected Presentations

  • Jane Roberts (Seth) and Catholic theology. Giurlanda, Paul (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    California Seth Conference

    Talk to those interested in the channeled material emanating from psychic Jane Roberts (d. 1985) and referred to as "the Seth Material"
    (March 07, 2009)
  • A Rhetorical and Pastoral Analysis of the Magisterial Teaching on Sexuality. Giurlanda, Paul (paper)
    Catholic Theological Society of America convention, Ottawa, Canada
    (June 1998)
  • Beyond Tolerance: Two Non-Individualist Views (Gadamer and Hauerwas). Giurlanda, Paul (paper)
    "The Conference on Intolerance and Toleration" at Mary Washington College, Fredricksburg, VA
    (November 05, 1993)


  • Jordan, Mark. June 1998. The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology, Cross Currents, vol. 48, issue 2
  • April 1997. Theology Without Foundations: Religious Practice and the Future of Religious Truth, Pro Ecclesia, eds. Hauerwas, StanMurphy, NanceyNation, Mark
  • Giurlanda, Paul. "Return to the Mountain of Love." Cross Currents 46.2 (1996)
  • Goss, Robert. October 1994. Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto, Sequoia, vol. 14, issue 3, pg.11
  • Giurlanda, Paul. "What About Our Church's Children?." America 168.16 (1993)
  • Giurlanda, Paul. December 1990. Introduction and Guest Editor of Listening, Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 25, issue 1
  • Tracy, David. October 1988. Plurality and Ambiguity: Hermeneutics, Religion, Hope, Cross Currents, vol. XXXVIII, issue 3, pg.352-3
  • Zaleski, Carol. June 1988. Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modem Times, Cross Currents, vol. XXXVIII, issue 2, pg.248-250
  • Giurlanda, Paul. March 1987. Habermas' Critique of Gadamer: Does It Stand Up?, International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. XXVII, issue 1
  • Giurlanda, Paul. "The Challenge of Post-Liberal Theology." Commonweal, Vol. CXIV, Iss. 2, January 30, 1987
  • Giurlanda, Paul. Faith and Knowledge: A Critical Inquiry. Lanham Maryland: University Press of America, 1987.
  • Giurlanda, Paul. 1987. Abandoning Providence, In the Presence of God: Comfort and Disquiet, ed. McGinnis, Michael J., Christian Brothers Conference
  • Lindbeck, George. 1985. The Nature of Doctrine, Cross Currents, vol. XXXV, issue 2 & 3
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