John J. O'Keefe, BA, PhD, IV
John J. O'Keefe, IV, BA, PhD

John J. O'Keefe, IV, BA, PhD

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • O'Keefe teaches undergraduate courses on the Christian history, the development of doctrine and environmental theology. He also teaches in Creighton Master of Ministry and Christian Spirituality programs.

Biography

John J. O’Keefe, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theology and director of the Center for Catholic Though 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. Since 2010 he has produced or directed 7 films, several of which have won national awards.
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. 
O'Keefe is married and has four grown children.  

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • “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, University of Notre Dame Press, 2014
  • 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., The Catholic University of America Press, 2013
  • O'Keefe, John J. Origen: Commentary on the Song of Songs, Christian Spirituality, 2010
  • O'Keefe, John J. Creation, Incarnation, and Resurrection, God, Creation, and Climate Change: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis, 49-68, 2010
  • O'Keefe, John J. Incorruption, anti-Origenism, and incarnation: eschatology in the thought of Cyril of Alexandria, The Theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria: a critical appreciation, 187-204, 2003

Articles

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

Publications

  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2015
  • 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], Journal of Religion & Society, 2015
  • “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], Journal of Religion & Society, 2015
  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • with James J. Carney, “A Bishop and his People’s Plight.” National Catholic Reporter 50, National Catholic Reporter, 12, 19-20, 2014
  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • 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], Journal of Religion & Society, 2013
  • “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], Journal of Religion & Society, 2013
  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2013
  • “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], Journal of Religion & Society, 2012
  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2012
  • 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., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2011

Editing and Reviews

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