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Joshua R. Brown, Ph.D.

Joshua Brown

Assistant Professor

Department of Theology

Bradley Hall
Room Room 440

+ (301) 447-5680

Joshua Brown, Ph.D., joined the Mount in 2017. His research focuses on developing Catholic systematic theology in light of texts and themes from early Chinese philosophical traditions. He is also interested in late Ming dynasty Catholic theology composed in Chinese, especially the thought of Michael Yang Tingyun 楊廷荺 and Giulio Aleni, SJ 艾儒略.

Ph.D., University of Dayton (2016)
M.Div Campbell University Divinity School
B.S. Chowan University

Systematic theology (esp. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Thomas Aquinas); Comparative/intercultural theology; Comparative ethics; World Religions; Christianity in Asia


Balthasar in Light of Early Confucianism. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2020.

Transcendence and Non-naturalism in Early Chinese Thought. Co-authored with Alexus McLeod. London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming (scheduled September 2020).

Aquinas and the Early Chinese Masters (in progress)

Translation of Aleni, Wanwu zhen yuan 萬物真原 [On the True Source of the Myriad Things], (in progress)

Articles and Book Chapters

“Christ’s ‘Symphonic’ Obedience: Exploring Balthasar’s Archetypal Experience through Han Confucianism,” in Pro Ecclesia, 25 no 4 (Fall 2016): 439-58.

“Towards Filial Love: Reconsidering Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theme of Christological Obedience in Light of Early Confucian Philosophy,” in The Heythrop Journal, 58 no. 1 (January 2017): 132-48.

“Comparative Political Theology: Sample Texts and Course Objectives for a Course on Christianity and Chinese Religions.” In Marc Pugliese and Alexander Hwang, eds., Teaching Interreligious Encounters. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. pp. 150-62.

“Strange Companions? Hans Urs von Balthasar as a Resource for Comparative Theology,” in Theological Studies 78 no. 2 (June 2017): 369-88.

“Royal Moral Influence: Configuring Christ’s Kingship and Christian Morality through Mèngzǐ 孟子 and Aquinas,” in Modern Theology, 34 no. 4 (October 2018): 618-636.

“Christ our Ritual Sage? A Chinese Articulation of Christ’s Priesthood,” in Nova et Vetera, 17 no. 1 (2019): 15-38.

“‘Son of Heaven’: Developing The Theological Aspects of Mengzi’s Philosophy of the Ruler.” In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Early Chinese Ethics and Political Philosophy (tent.), ed. Alexus McLeod. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2019. pp. 247-66.

“Revelation in Confucianism.” In The Oxford Handbook on Revelation, eds. Francesca A. Murphy, et al, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

You can find a list of recent publications and CV on profile page.