Religious Studies: Faculty & Staff

Daniel Cosacchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

dcosacchi@marywood.edu
Office: Immaculata 115

Courses: Modern Belief; Political and Liberation Theology; Social Morality: National Issues; Foundations of Christian Morality; Sacraments in Practice; Christian Social Morality: A Global Perspective; Racism and the Church

Areas of Interest: Catholic Social Teaching; Pacifism; Just War Theory; Environmental Ethics; Consistent Ethic of Life Issues; Social Justice; Moral Theology; Roman Catholicism; The Papacy


Dan Cosacchi teaches courses on Christianity and the intersection of the church and politics. His interests are particularly on areas of social justice and the Catholic Church’s social tradition. Of utmost importance in his teaching is the question, “So what?” By constantly reflecting on the way a text relates to the real world in which we live, we recall that the study of religion is not merely words on a page. He works closely with Campus Ministry, and also appears frequently in religious and secular media to discuss issues surrounding the Catholic Church. 

Recently Published Work:

Book: 

co-editor, The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence between Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Orbis Books, 2016

Article:

“Jesuits and Social Justice” in Journal of Jesuit Studies 6 (2019), 651-675

Book Chapters:

“Ending the Death Penalty in the United States: One Step toward a Just Peace” in A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence, ed. Eli. S. McCarthy (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2020): 125-140.

 “Daniel Berrigan as Precursor to and Embodiment of GC 32’s ‘Decree 4: Our Mission Today’ (1974-75)” in Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014, eds. Stephen R. Schloesser, S.J. and Kyle Roberts (Leiden: Brill, 2017): 618-649.