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John J . O'Keefe, BA, PhD

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John O'Keefe

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College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate School
Ministry (Master of Arts)
Theology
African Studies Affiliate Faculty
Christian Spirituality (Master of Arts)
DHHC - Dowling Hall/Humanities Center

John J . O'Keefe, BA, PhD

Chair

Professor

John J. O’Keefe, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theology and Journalism at Creighton University. His past academic research focused on the history and theology of ancient Christianity, especially in the area of ancient interpretation of the Bible.  He is currently interested in environmental theology and rethinking Christian attitudes toward nature. O’Keefe is also a documentary filmmaker.
O’Keefe received his MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1987, and his MA and Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from The Catholic University of America in 1990 and 1993. He joined the faculty of Creighton University in 1992. 
 

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Theology

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Professor

Books

  • University of Notre Dame Press
    “Theodoret’s Unique Contribution to the Antiochene Exegetical Tradition: Questioning Traditional Scholarly Categories.”In The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms. Edited by Brian E. Daley, S.J. and Paul R. Kolbet. Notre Dame, IN 2014
  • The Catholic University of America Press
    Cyril of Alexandria, Festal Letters 13-30. Translated by Philip Amidon. Edited and intro-duced by John J. O’Keefe. The Fathers of the Church. Washington, D.C. 2013
  • Christian Spirituality
    O'Keefe, John J. Origen: Commentary on the Song of Songs 2010
  • God, Creation, and Climate Change: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis
    O'Keefe, John J. Creation, Incarnation, and Resurrection, p. 49-68 2010
  • The Theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria: a critical appreciation
    O'Keefe, John J. Incorruption, anti-Origenism, and incarnation: eschatology in the thought of Cyril of Alexandria, p. 187-204 2003

Articles

  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
    O'Keefe, John J. Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety [book review]
    22, p. 478-480 2014
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
    O'Keefe, John J. Review of Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety, Oxford University Press
    22, p. 478-480 2014
  • National Catholic Reporter
    CARNEY, JAMES J., O'Keefe, John J. A bishop and his people's plight
    50, p. 19-20 2014
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    Simkins, R. A. Anthropocentrism and the Place of Humans in the Biblical Tradition., p. 16-29 2013
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    O'Keefe, J. The Persistence of Grasmere: Contemporary Catholic Environmental Theology and the Romantic Impulse, p. 96-108 2008
  • Catholic Historical Review
    O'Keefe, J. Didymus the Blind and his circle in late-antique Alexandria: Virtue and narrative in Biblical scholarship
    91, p. 513-514 2005

Publications

  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Blood in the Backyard Documentary In 2014 I traveled to El Salvador with Loyola Production and the Ignatian Solidarity Net-work to assist in filming this new documentary about the Jesuit Martyrs. 2015
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    O’Keefe, John J., Merys, Gina, and Keegan, Bridget, eds. The Catholic Intellectual Tradi-tion: Scholarship, Faith, and Higher Education. Omaha, NE: The Kripke Center, [http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS06.html] 2015
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    “Athens and Jerusalem or How to Think Eco-theologically about Scientia.” In Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges. Edited by Ronald A. Simkins and Thomas M. Kelly. Omaha, NE: The Kripke Center. [http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS11.html] 2015
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    In 2014 I produced the film Mother Kuskokwim. The film portrays the challenges facing a native community in remote Southwest Alaska. We premiered the film at the Ignatian Family Teaching for Justice in November, 2014. 2014
  • National Catholic Reporter
    with James J. Carney, “A Bishop and his People’s Plight.” National Catholic Reporter 50
    12, p. 19-20 2014
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Catholic Comments Podcast. In 2006 colleague Wendy Wright I created a podcast audio program dedicated to the discussion of the Contemporary Catholic Church. The program covers a broad range of topics including church history, spiritual life, theology, and cur-rent questions: http://cucatholicctr.org. We produced 48 programs in 2014. 2014
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    Simkins, Ronald A. and O’Keefe, John J. The Greening of the Papacy. Omaha, NE: The Kripke Center. [http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/toc/SS09.html] 2013
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    “Pope Benedict’s Anthropocentrism: Is is a Deal Breaker?” In The Greening of the Papa-cy. Edited by Ronald A. Simkins and John J. O’Keefe. Omaha, NE: The Kripke Center. [http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/2013/2013-13.pdf] 2013
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Tokimane: A Story of Congolese Resilience In 2012 I received with Tim Guthrie Haddix Presidential Grant to travel to the Democrat-ic Republic of the Congo to make a Film about the Church and peacemaking in the Sankuru region. The trip took place in January 2013 and the film Tokimane, was com-pleted in 2013. - The film won first place in the “Excerpt Category” at the My Hero Film Festival in October, 2013. -Tokimane will screen at the Omaha Film Festival on March 6, 2014. - Tokimane won “Best Picture” in the General Competition category at the Re-Image Film Festival in 2014. 2013
  • Journal of Religion & Society
    “God Through the Camera Frame: Backpack Journalism and the Catholic Imagination.” In Religion and the Visual. Edited by Ronald A. Simkins and Wendy M. Wright. Omaha, NE: The Kripke Center. [http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/2012/2012-12.pdf] 2012
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    In 2012 I produced the film Wer Uganda. The film portrays the role of the Church in the preservation of musical culture in Northern Uganda. 2012
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    In 2011 I produced the film Mato Oput (http://vimeo.com/33414929). This film portrays the Catholic Church’s work for peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda. 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
    Review of Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theol-ogy and Piety, by Paul M. Blowers.
    22,3, p. 478-480 2014

Presentations

  • “Irenaeus and the Pro-Cosmic Economy.” North American Patristic Society, Chicago, IL 2014
  • “Filmmaking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Case Study in Theological Jour-nalism.” Rocky Mountains/Great Plains Regional AAR/SBL, Denver, CO 2014
  • “The Jesuit Catholic Mission in and Ecological Age.” Invited Lecture, Marquette University. 2014
  • “Irenaeus and Teilhard de Chardin: Is There Such a Thing as a Christian Evolutionary Theodicy?” North American Patristic Society, Chicago, IL 2013
  • Respondent to session “Interpretation of Psalm 2,” History of Interpretation Section, AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 2011
  • “God Through the Camera Frame: Backpack Journalism and the Catholic Imagination.” Religion and the Visual Symposium, Creighton University, March/April, 2011. 2011
  • “Stewardship and Green Christianity.” Sunday presentation at Kountze Memorial Lu-theran Church. Omaha, NE. 2011
  • “Reconciliation and the Care of Creation.” Evening Prayer presentation at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church. Omaha, NE. 2011
  • “Sustainability and Chrisitan Life.” Presentation to Creighton Spring Break Service Trip. Omaha, NE. 2011