|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in original order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the papers of Roger Haight, including notes on authors; published and unpublished papers; speeches; retreats; photos; subject files; and course files including syllabi, notes, lectures, "Xtian cmmty in history", and miscellaneous materials.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-12. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, UTS1: Roger Haight papers, 1959-2017, box #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Roger Haight, accession FIC-2021-007.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Materials were minimally processed: sensitive material was weeded, and original order, boxes, and numbering were maintained. The finding aid, including a box-level inventory and series-level description, was created by Leah Edelman with assistance from Matthew Baker in 2023.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Reverend Dr. Roger Haight SJ (1936- ) is an American Jesuit theologian, former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and former professor at Union Theological Seminary. A member of the Jesuits, Haight received his BA (1960) and an MA in Philosophy (1961) from Berchmans College in Cebu City, Philippines; his STB from Woodstock College, Maryland (1967); an MA in Theology (1969) and a PhD in Theology (1973) from the University of Chicago; and the STL from the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago. Haight taught at institutions including the Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Cambridge, Massachusetts; and universities in Lima, Nairobi, Paris, and Pune, before he began teaching as an adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary in 2004. In that same year, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) barred Haight from teaching at the Weston School of Theology in response to his book Jesus Symbol of God (Orbis, 1999); namely, Haight's attempts to separate Christology from Greek philosophical concepts, specifically in relation to the formulation of the mystery of the Trinity, the interpretation of Christ's divinity, and the role of Jesus in salvation. In 2005, Haight wrote The Future of Christology as a response to these questions and concerns. In January 2009, the CDF barred Haight from writing on theology and forbade him to teach anywhere, including non-Catholic institutions; however, he remained at Union Theological Seminary as a scholar in residence. In 2009, after the complete silencing of Haight, a response in the Jesuits' America magazine mentioned the usefulness of certain chapters of Jesus Symbol of God and that silencing interrupts the helpful process of scholarly criticism. As of 2015, Haight was somewhat reinstated, and taught at the Jesuit theologate in Toronto. His later publications include An Alternate Vision: An Interpretation of Liberation Theology (2014), Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers (2016), Theology of the Cross (2017), and Faith and Evolution: A Grace-Filled Naturalism (2019). Haight is the recipient of awards including the 1999 top prize in theology from the Catholic Press Association for Jesus Symbol of God, the Alumnus of the Year award from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 2006, and the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2023.
[adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Haight]