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Matthew J. Pereira - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Matthew J. Pereira Matthew J. Pereira

Visiting Assistant Professor in Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Rev. Matthew J. Pereira (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2015) specializes in early Christianity. His primary research interest is in the patterns of theological discourse at the borderlands of late antiquity, where the translation, transmission, and reinterpretation of canonical texts in conversation with other texts (i.e., intertextuality), engendered hybrid theological commitments that transgressed the cultural and linguistic borders of the Latin West and Greek East traditions.

Dr. Pereira routinely teaches the following three courses at Loyola Marymount University: (1) Sex and the City of God, a course that analyzes sexuality, sex, gender and the body in conversation with the work of Foucault, Butler, Feminist and Liberationist Biblical Hermeneutics and Virtual Spaces; (2) In Search of a Way: Faith, Culture and Spirituality, where we wrestle with perennial existential questions in dialogue with the Christian tradition and contemporary authors (e.g. Leo Tolstoy, Albert Camus, Naguib Mahfouz and Flannery O'Connor); (3) and History of Christianity (Second Thousand Years).

Dr. Pereira serves a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). As a native of Southern California, he is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and an ardent supporter of LMU student-athletes. GO LIONS!

Education (3)

Columbia University: Ph.D., Department of Religion 2015

Dissertation: "Reception, Interpretation and Doctrine in the Sixth Century: John Maxentius and the Scythian Monks."

Dissertation Committee: Rev. Dr. John Anthony McGuckin (Primary Advisor), Rev. Dr. Euan K. Cameron, Dr. Robert E. Somerville, Dr. Peter J. Awn, Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Lienhard

Union Theological Seminary in New York City: S.T.M., History of Christianity 2008

Fuller Theological Seminary: M.Div., Theology, History of Christianity, Biblical Studies 2004


Areas of Expertise (5)

Early Christianity Hybridity and Borderland Theology Scythian Monks Augustine Cyril of Alexandria

Industry Expertise (4)

Research Education/Learning Religious Institutions Writing and Editing

Affiliations (5)

  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Patristics Society
  • American Society of Church History
  • Teaching Elder (Presbyterian Church USA)
  • Ecumenical Fellow of the Sophia Institute: International Center of Orthodox Thought and Culture

Languages (5)

  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sample Talks (5)

Borderland Monks: Hybridity at the Frontier Lands of the Sixth Century

Scheduled Paper to be delivered at the American Academy of Religion Conference in San Antonio, TX (November, 2016).

Transmission and Tradition at the Borderlands: John Maxentius and the Scythian Monks

Paper delivered at the North American Patristics Society in Chicago, IL (May, 2016).

The Question of Divine Suffering in Chalcedon, the Scythian Monks and Contemporary Theology

Panel Paper delivered at the American Academy of Religion (Mid-Atlantic Meeting) in New Brunswick, NJ (March, 2016).

Rhetoric and Ecumenism in Late Antiquity

Keynote Address delivered at Eighth Annual Sophia Institute Conference, Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY (December, 2015).

A Reassessment of General Grace in Prosper’s De vocatione omnium gentium

Workshop Paper delivered at the International Conference on Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford, England (August, 2015).

Courses (3)

History of Christianity (Second Thousand Years)

This course surveys the manifold manifestations of Christianity from the Middle Ages to today. Central issues assessed include the medieval papacy; the sacraments; the crusades; monastic and religious orders; scholasticism; mysticism; European Reformation; the Enlightenment; and American Christianities. Interpretive lenses employed in this course include socio-historical, theological, political, gender, race and economic class.

Sex and the City of God

This course analyzes personhood, gender, sex, sexuality and the body through an analysis of interrelated networks of discourse including religion, medical, media, pop culture, economics, race and technologies. In this interdisciplinary course, we places ourselves in conversation with feminism, Liberation theologies, queer studies, psychoanalysis and sociological approaches. We evaluate approaches to sexuality, sex, gender, identity, the body and personhood in the diverse iterations embedded in socio-historical contexts.

In Search of a Way: Spirituality, Faith, and Culture

In this course, we analyze the crucial role of faith, religion and spirituality (all broadly construed) in the formation of the individual and communities through reading a wide range of texts, from the New Testament, primary sources in the Christian traditions (e.g., Gregory of Nyssa; Augustine of Hippo), classics of literature (e.g. Flannery O’Connor; Albert Camus; Leo Tolstoy) and theoretical readings (e.g., William James, Karl Marx; Paul Tillich). The variegated nature of faith, religion and spirituality is analyzed through several interpretive lenses including theological, historical, cultural, social class, gender, ethnicity and race. Perennial existential questions (e.g. identity, love, suffering and death) are explored within a number of primary sources.

Articles (9)

"The Council of Chalcedon 451: In Search of a Balanced and Nuanced Christology," in Seven Icons of Christ: Introduction to the Oecumenical Councils Piscataway: Gorgias Press (2016): 179-242.

This book chapter, which is part of an edited volume devoted to a reassessment of the seven ecumenical councils from the fourth to the eighth centuries, analyzes the Council of Chalcedon (i.e., Fourth Ecumenical Council of 451).

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"Augustine and Social Justice in Calvin's Biblical Commentaries," in Augustine and Social Justice Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield (2015): 227-50.

This book chapter, which is part of an edited volume on Augustine and Social Justice, reconsiders the relationship between Augustine's theology of social justice (broadly construed, e.g. issues of divine mercy and philanthropy) with similar issues within Calvin's biblical commentaries, wherein the Reformer employs a nuanced approach that sways back and forth from approbation to critique.

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"Augustine, Pelagius, and the Southern Gallic Tradition: Faustus of Riez's De gratia Dei," in Grace for Grace: The Debates After Augustine and Pelagius Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press (2014): 180-207.

This book chapter, which is part of an edited volume devoted to examining the legacies of Augustine and Pelagius in the fifth through eighth centuries, provides an historically contextualized assessment of Faustus of Riez's De gratia Dei.

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From Augustine to the Scythian Monks: Social Memory and the Doctrine of Predestination," in Studia Patristica LXX. Sixteenth International Conference, Patristic Studies at University of Oxford (2011) Leuven: Peeters (2013): 671-83.

This article, which was delivered at the 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford, examines the legacy of Augustine's doctrine of divine grace and predestination in the writing of the Scythian monks through the lens of social memory studies.

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Beholding Beauty in Nicetas Stethatos’ Contemplation of Paradise Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 63:3-4 (2012): 51-61.

This essay on the mystical theology of the Byzantine monk, Nicetas Stethatos, was written on the occasion of John Anthony McGuckin's installation as the Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History.

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“The Spoils of Egypt: An Exploration of Origen’s Letter to Gregory,” Origenianum Decima: Origen as Writer - Papers of the 10th International Origen Congress Leuven: Utigeverij Peeters (2011): 221-48.

In this article, which was delivered in Cracow, Poland, as part of a symposium devoted to Origen of Alexandria, there is an analysis of Origen's appropriation of Hellenistic philosophy through Michel Serres' concept of the parasite.

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The Internal Coherence of Cyril of Alexandria’s Pneumatology: Interpreting the Seventh Dialogue of the Dialogues on the Trinity Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 62:3-4 (2010): 70-98.

Contributing to the recent flourishing in Cyrilline studies, this article analyzes Cyril's pneumatology in juxtaposition with his theory of divinization (theosis) as explicated within his seventh Dialogue in his Dialogues on the Trinity.

In the Name of the Three Headed Monster: The Contours of the Judicial Process in Michael Servetus’s Trial Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 60 (2007): 11-34.

This essay offers a reassessment of the judicial process and trial of the anti-trinitarian theologian, Michel Servetus, who was burned at the stake in Geneva in October of 1553.

See CV for Complete List of Publications .