Dr. Germain McKenzie

Germain McKenzie is a Peruvian-Canadian theologian who holds a B.Th. and a MTS/M.Div. from the Pontifical School of Theology of Lima, Peru. He received a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

He has lectured on topics related to Catholic Theology and the Social Teaching of the Church at different universities in Latin America and the United States. His current research interests include the contemporary conditions for belief in the West and new evangelization; minority religions; and the pre-conditions for a dialogue between theology and sociology. Broadly speaking, his theoretical approach wants to bridge Catholic theology and the social sciences, with a focus on ethical issues.

Dr. McKenzie has published Interpreting Charles Taylor’s Social Theory on Religion and Secularization (Springer, 2016), a book based on his doctoral dissertation, and the monograph Cultural Trends in Contemporary Peru (Universidad Catolica Sedes Sapientiae, 2010). Also, several articles in peer-reviewed journals, among which one finds "Exploring Soto Zen in Peru" (Revista de Estudios da Religiao, 2016) and "John Paul II's View on Faith and Culture: What Does It Say to Canada Today?" (Fidelitas, 2014). A forthcoming publication is “Buddhism in Peru,” an entry in the Handbook of Latin American Religions (Springer, 2017).

He has worked as General Editor of the Latin American journal Revista VE, where he has published some peer-reviewed articles on social ethics: “Medellin: 30 Years After” and “John Paul II’s Reconciliation Proposal for Latin America.” He has also conducted several interviews and written numerous book reviews for the same journal.

Dr. McKenzie is an activist for Catholic-inspired social change in Latin America. He has served poor communities in the shanty towns of Lima, Peru, for more than 10 years. As a member of the Board of Solidarity Experiences Abroad, a Canadian Non-for-Profit that organizes solidarity trips for Canadian university students travelling to Latin America and Africa, he has collaborated with grass-roots organizations to promote development and social justice.

Spring 2018 Courses - Walnut Grove Campus:

RELS 365 CP, Christian Moral Theology

RELS 382 CP, The Catholic Church: Theology and Practice

Fall 2017 Courses - Walnut Grove Campus:

RELS 101, The Religious Sense

Spring 2017 Courses - Walnut Grove Campus:

HIST 201, History of Christianity II

Spring 2017 Courses - Glover Road Campus:

HIST 302 CP, Greece and Rome: Leadership in the Ancient World

Fall 2016 Courses - Walnut Grove Campus:

HIST 101, History of Christianity I

Fall 2016 Courses - Glover Road Campus:

PHIL 305 CP, Philosophy of the Human Person