Megan Loumagne – Junior Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Religion and Science

BA (Biola University), MDiv (Boston College), DPhil (Oxon)

Megan Loumagne is a D.Phil (Ph.D) Candidate in Theology at Christ Church, University of Oxford, a Clarendon scholar, and a Junior Research Fellow/Director of Studies in Science and Religion for SCIO. Before coming to Oxford, Megan studied education, Scripture, and English Literature at Biola University for her undergraduate years, and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute. Megan is also a SCIO alum from 2006. She taught high school English and Theology for five years after graduation. After partially completing a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot Seminary, Megan moved to the east coast in order to complete a Masters of Divinity at Boston College as a Baker-Arrupe Fellow. As part of her ministerial training at Boston College, she also interned as an interfaith hospital chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Megan’s doctoral research is focused on the doctrine of original sin and, in particular, on the challenges and opportunities for the doctrine in a post-Darwinian world. A central task of her research is to construct a doctrine of original sin that takes the extended evolutionary synthesis and the evolution of sexual difference seriously. Her research interests include the following: theology and science, contemplative spirituality, Augustine, feminist theology, feminist science studies, Teresa of Avila, and the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx.

In addition to her studies, Megan has been active in the graduate theology community at Oxford where she has served as the President of the Graduate Theological Society, the Secretary of the Graduate Christian Forum, and as a member of the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee.

Classes Taught
  • Kwok Pui-Lan, Postcolonial Imagination, and Feminist Theology
  • The Concept of God
  • Science and Religion

Research Interests
  • Science and Theology
  • Gender Theory
  • Feminist Theology
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Augustine

Publications
  • New Blackfriars (May 2018), Vol. 99, Issue 1081, “Teresa of Avila on Theology and Shame”
  • Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology (September 2017)
    Bloomsbury T&T Clark
    eds. Stephan van Erp, Christiane Alpers, Christopher Cimorelli
    Chapter 3: “A Theologian Standing with God in the World: Developments in Schillebeeckx’s Epistemology and Implications for Feminist Theology”
  • Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review (Summer 2017)
    Volume 105, Number 422
    “The Rise of Fundamentalisms and the Concept of Sin”
  • Tijdschrift voor Theologie (Fall 2015)Volume 55
    “Created Sick, Commanded to Be Sound: Augustine on Original Sin After Darwin”
  • The Sword: A Journal of Historical, Spiritual, and Contemporary Carmelite Issues(November 2015)
    Volume 75 (1), 2015
    “Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender Performance, and Contemplative Prayer”
  • Lumen et Vita Graduate Academic Journal of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Volume 5 (1), 2015
    “God Remembered: Barrenness and Hope in Genesis
  • Lumen et Vita: Graduate Academic Journal of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Volume 4 (1), 2014
    “Dis-membering and Re-membering: The Eucharist and the Suffering of Women”
  • Lumen et Vita Conference Proceedings
    “The Instrumentum Laboris and Contemporary Culture in Dialogue: A Reflection on Secularization, Globalization, and Power”

 

Presentations
  • “Feminist Theologies and Methodologies”, Ripon College Cuddesdon, November 2018
  • “Sex and Sin in Evolution: Original Sin and the Evolution of Sexual Difference”, Graduate Christian Forum, University of Oxford, November 2018
  • “Theologies of the Body: John Paul II Through a New Feminist Materialist Lens”, University of Oxford, Modern Doctrine/Patristics Seminar, October 2018
  • “Shall These Bones Live? The Re-Enchantment of Nature and Theological Anthropology”, European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Lyon, France, April 2018
  • “Valerie Saiving and the Human Situation: Sin and Sexual Difference in 1960”, University of Oxford, Modern Doctrine/Patristics Seminar, November 2017
  • “‘Her Sex is Different from Adam’s, but Her Pride is the Same:’ Augustine on Original Sin and Gender”, University of Bonn, Germany: Bonn-Oxford Faculty Exchange: September 2017
  • Invited guest on the BBC’s (television) “The Big Questions” (May 28 2017, Series 10, Episode 19), Panelist addressing question “Does Morality come from Religion or Evolution?”
  • “Sons of Adam, Daughters of Eve: Original Sin and the Evolution of Sexual Difference”, Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford: May 2017
  • “The ‘Nature’ of Sexual Difference: New Materialism as a Resource?”, Society for the Study of Theology Conference: University of Nottingham, UK: April 2017
  • “Special Divine Action and Theological Anthropology”,
    American Academy of Religion Pre-Conference Symposium, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion: November 2016
  • “Hamartiology and the Rise of Fundamentalisms”, Trinity College Dublin, Loyola Institute: June 2016
  • “Nature Matters: Theological Investigations into Gender after Darwin”, Lumen et Vita conference: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry: Spring 2016
  • “Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender Performance, and Contemplative Prayer”, Carmelite Symposium: St. Teresa of Avila’s Gift to the 21st Century: University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois: Summer 2015: Vilma Seelaus Prize Lecture
  • “Can Augustine Survive Natural Selection? Reading Augustine on Original Sin After Darwin”, Colossian Forum: “Re-Imagining the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall Conference”, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL: Spring 2015
  • “Schillebeeckx and Original Sin in the 21st Century: Electronic Alienation and a Healing Church”, The Church and the Modern World Conference: Teaching and Understanding Gaudium et Spes After 50 Years: University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Spring 2015
  • “God Remembered: Barrenness and Hope in Genesis”, Lumen et Vita Conference: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry: Spring 2015
  • “Dangerous Crossings: Schillebeeckx, Pope Francis, and the Future of Feminist Theology”, Edward Schillebeeckx Centenary Conference: Grace, Governance, and Globalization, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands: Summer 2014
  • “Taking Her Stand Beyond All Earthly Hierarchies: Teresa of Avila, Gender Performance, and Contemplative Prayer”, New England and Canadian Maritimes American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts: Spring 2014