Dr. Mark Scott

Dr. Mark Scott

Associate Professor, Chair Religious Studies

Contact Information

Thorneloe University at Laurentian
935 Ramsey Lake Rd
Sudbury ON P3E 2C6
705.673.1730, 403

Education

  • Ph.D., A.M., Harvard University
  • M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
  • B.A., McMaster University

Research interests

  • Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and literature
  • Religion and culture
  • Theology

Courses Taught at Thorneloe University at Laurentian

  • RLST 1116 – Ideas of Love I
  • RLST 1117 – Ideas of Love II
  • RLST 2136 – Christian Thought & Culture I
  • RLST 2137 – Christian Thought & Culture II
  • RLST 2166 – The Problem of Evil
  • RLST 3286 – C.S. Lewis and the Religious Imagination
  • RLST 3386 – Faith & Atheism
  • RLST 4345 – Special Readings
  • HUMA 5457 – Text and Belief

Courses Taught Elsewhere

  • World Religions
  • Augustine/Augustine and Culture Seminar
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Early Christianity/Medieval Christianity
  • History of Christianity: The First Millennium
  • History of Christianity: 1500-Present
  • Theology in Film
  • Understanding Jesus
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Philosophical Foundations of Theology
  • Introduction to Theology: Faith, Reason, and Culture

Books

Articles and Essays (selection)

2019

“Faith and Doubt in Gilead: Beyond Spiritual Dichotomies,”
Conference: “The Problem with God: Christianity and Literature in Tension”
March 2019
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

2018

“The Principle of Cooperation in a Polarized Age–A Response to Sarah Coakley’s ‘Is there a Future for Natural Theology?'”,
Interface: A Lecture Series in Science and Theology
October 2018
Regent College, Vancouver BC

2017

“Beauty from Ashes: Aesthetic Transformations of Suffering in Gilead,”
CSSR Panel: Contemporary Approaches to Suffering, Evil, and Theodicy
May 2017
Ryerson University

2016

“Origen’s Theological Story about God and Evil: A Platonist or Christian Theodicy?” at the International Workshop on Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity
December 2016, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
University of Oslo, Norway

Origen” Seminar Leader at The Fr. Robert Crouse Seminar: An Annual Study Seminar for Clergy
May 2016, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Huron St
Toronto, Ontario

2015

“Divine Presence and Absence in a World of Woe: The Problem of Evil in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life,” Conference Paper
June 2015, Protestantism on Screen: Religion, Politics, and Aesthetics in European and American Movies
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, LEUCOREA
Wittenburg, Germany

2014

“Augustine and Autobiography: Confessions as a Roadmap for Self-Reflection,” Paper
Oct 2014, Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Augustine Across the Curriculum
Samford University

2013

“C. S. Lewis and John Hick: An Interface on Theodicy,” Conference Paper
September 2013, Christian Faith and the University
McGill University

2012

“Origen of Alexandria: The Patron Saint of Universalism?,” Conference Paper
November, 2012, Theology and Religious Reflection
American Academy of Religion, Chicago

2011

“Tensions and Turmoil in Medieval and Reformation Christianity,” Invited Lecture
April 2011, World Religions, Extension School
Harvard University

2010

Keynote Address
“Theodicy and Natural Disasters,”
The Florida Center for Science and Religion
Florida Southern College, April 06, 2010

2009

“The Patristic Sources of John Hick’s Soul-Making Theodicy,” Conference Paper
May 2009, Canadian Society of Patristic Studies
Carleton University

2008

“Origen the Christian or Origen the Platonist?” Conference Paper
April 2008, Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

2007

“The Wisdom of Silence: Job and the Mystery of Evil,” Conference Paper
May 2007, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Founders Prize Essay)
University of Saskatchewan

2005

“Shades of Grace: Origen and Gregory of Nyssa’s Soteriological Exegesis of Song of Songs 1:5”
May 2005, Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (Essay Prize Winner)
University of Western Ontario


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