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Taylor Patrick


Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Mount Mercy University


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  • PhD - Ave Maria University

                 (Systematic Theology)

  • MA - The Catholic University of America

                 (Historical and Systematic Theology)​

  • BS - University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

                 (Religious Studies)​


  • Grace, Predestination, and the Permission of Sin: A Thomistic Analysis (Catholic University of America Press, Fall 2019).

  • She Orders All Things Sweetly: Sacra Doctrina and the Sapiential Unity of Theology, edited by Joshua Madden and Taylor Patrick O'Neill (under review with Cluny Media). ​​​​

    • Contributing chapter:“The Primacy of the Speculative in All Things Practical: A Thomistic Critique of a So-Called Practical or Experiential Theology."

  • “The Dark Night of Mother Teresa, the Three Ages of the Spiritual Life, and the Witness of the Mystics” in Mother Teresa and the Mystics: Toward a Renewal of Spiritual Theology, edited by Michael Dauphinais, Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., and Roger W. Nutt (Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2018). 

  • “Jacques Maritain and Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange on the Permission of Evil” in The Heythrop Journal (published online October 17th, 2016; forthcoming in print).

  • "Mater Dei Ergo Gratia Plena: On the Predestination of Mary to Divine Maternity as the Reason for Her Radical Plenitude of Grace" in Ecce Mater Tua: A Journal of the International Marian Association, vol. 2 (May 31st, 2019), 25 - 44. 

  • Book Reviews:

    • Divine Providence: God's Love and Human Freedom, by Bruce R. Reichenbach (Cascade Books, 2016). Published on Reading Religion. ​

Areas of Interest

  • St. Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic Commentatorial Tradition

  • Providence, Grace, and Predestination

  • The Permission of Sin

  • The Moral Object and the Role of the Passions in the Moral Life

  • The Natural Desire to See God/The Relationship Between Nature and Grace

  • Theology as Foundation for Political Theory and Distributive Justice

  • Spiritual Theology and the Three Ages of the Spiritual Life

  • Thomism and Nouvelle Théologie

  • The Sacraments and Sacramental Causality 

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