Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
Kenna Hall 305
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
p: (408)-551-3000 ext. 6438
oputz@scu.edu

Oliver Putz, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor

Oliver Putz received an MA and a PhD in biology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.  He worked as a research biologist in the field of reproductive and evolutionary biology both in Europe and the United States, followed by a spell as lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.  His attention then moved to the study of theology, and he graduated with a master's degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.  Currently he is working on his dissertation in theology on the integration of theological anthropology and evolutionary and behavioral biology into a new understanding of the relationship between God and sentient beings, including nonhuman animals.

Teaching:
TESP 151 Religion and Science: Friends or Foes?

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)
O. Putz, "Evolutionary Biology in a Catholic Framework," in Teaching the
     Tradition: Catholic Themes in Academic Disciplines
, edited by J. Piderit, S.J. and M. Morey, 307-329.
     New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
O. Putz, "Love Actually: A Theodicy Response to Suffering in Nature," Theology and Science 7, no. 4:
     345-361, 2009.
O. Putz, "Moral Apes, Human Uniqueness, and the Image of God," Zygon 44, no. 3: 613-624, 2009.
O. Putz, "'I did not change; they did!' Joseph Ratzinger, Karl Rahner and the Second Vatican Council,"
     New Wineskins 2, no. 1: 11-30, 2007.
O. Putz, "Evolutionary Biology in the Theology of Karl Rahner," Philosophy & Theology 17, nos. 1&2:
     85-105, 2005.