Paul Giurlanda

Paul Giurlanda


Professional Overview: 

On Sabbatical:

School of Liberal Arts » Theology and Religious Studies
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Dante Hall - 326

Phone: 4141
Fax: 631-4070
Mail: P.O. Box 4297


  • 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

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

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

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Belief and Unbelief
  • Sex and the Spirit

Regularly Taught:

  • Bible and Its Interpretation
  • Spiritual, Not Religious



  • Director of Graduate Theology Program
    (1990 - 1994)
  • Elected member of Academic Senate
    (1988 - 1990)
    also from 1993-95
  • Inter-Institutional Council (with Samuel Merritt School of Nursing)
  • Rank and Tenure Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Committee on Human Research
  • Undergraduate Council


  • Associate Editor, Cross Currents magazine
    Involves being a referee for articles, contributing book reviews, and participating in discussions on future of the magazine and the Association for Religion and the Intellectual Life, which sponsors the magazine.

Professional Organization:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society


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


Scholarly Interests: 


  • Faith and Knowledge
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Gender Studies