Matthew J. Pereira

Matthew Joseph Pereira

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA  90045


Phone:  310/338-2853










Academic Background

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

S.T.M. Union Theological Seminary, 2008

M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2004

B.A. University of Washington, 1999

Teaching and Research Interests

My teaching interests and scholarship is unusually broad, however, my expertise focuses on
assessing the correlation between reception, transmission, translation and interpretation of the past
in the formation of identity and doctrinal commitments. In my dissertation, I employed the lens of
hermeneutics and social memory studies in analyzing the patterns of reception, interpretation and
doctrinal formation within the writings of John Maxentius and the Scythian monks. I translated
many of Maxentius’ Latin works into English (27,000 words), thus, making them available for the
first time in soon to be publication. In addition to Late Antique Christianity, I am interested in how
the reception and interpretation of the past (i.e., Church Fathers) shaped the formation of
ecclesiastical identities and theological discourse during the European Reformation. To this end, I
recently published as essay in an edited volume on John Calvin’s reception and interpretation of
Augustine in developing a theory of social justice.



Philanthropy and Social Compassion in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, The SophiaInstitute: Studies in Orthodox Theology, Vol. 2, ed. Matthew J. Pereira, New York: NY: Theotokos Press (2010). Also available at Columbia University Academic Commons:

Journal Articles

“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.

“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.

“Beholding Beauty in Nicetas Stethatos’ Contemplation of Paradise,” Union SeminaryQuarterly Review, vol. 63:3-4 (2012), (In Honor of John Anthony McGuckin's Installation as the Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique andByzantine Christian History), 51-61.

Contributions to Edited Volumes

“The Virgin Mary & Asceticism," in Women in the Orthodox Church: Past Roles, Future Paradigms. Sophia Studies in Orthodox Theology, volume 1 (2008) ed. Justin M. Lasser, New York: Theotokos Press (2009), 80-95.

“The Spoils of Egypt: An Exploration of Origen’s Letter to Gregory,” Origenianum Decima: Origen as Writer - Papers of the 10th International Origen Congress, UniversitySchool of Philosophy and Education "Ignatianum" Krakow, Poland, 31 August - 4 September 2009, Leuven: Utigeverij Peeters (2011), 221-48.

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

"St. Symeon the New Theologian & Nicetas Stethatos on the Contemplation of the Beautiful," in Beauty and the Beautiful in Patristic and Byzantine Theology, ed. John A. McGuckin. New York: Theotokos Press, (2013).

"Augustine, Pelagius, and the Southern Gallic Tradition: Faustus of Riez's De gratia Dei," in Grace for Grace: The Debates After Augustine and Pelagius, eds. Alexander Y. Hwang, Brian Matz, and Augustine Casiday. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, (2014), 180-207.

"Augustine and Social Justice in Calvin’s Biblical Commentaries," in Augustine and Social Justice, eds. Teresa Delgado, John Doody, Kim Paffenroth. Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), 227-50.

“Council of Chalcedon,” in The Seven Icons of Christ: The Christology of the Oecumenical Councils, ed. Sergey Trostyanskiy, forthcoming.

Contributions to Encyclopedias

Articles in Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, ed. Henrik Lagerlund, New York: Springer Publishing, 2010

  • Maximus the Confessor pp. 732-735.
  • Bonaventure pp. 182-187.

Articles in Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, vol. 1, ed. John A. McGuckin, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

  • Patriarchate of Alexandria pp. 16-26.
  • Ecumenical Councils pp. 205-208.

Articles in Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, vol. 2, ed. John A. McGuckin, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

  • Parousia pp. 438-440.