Ramage, Dr. Matthew


Dr. Matthew Ramage is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and is also Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical exegesis, and the continuity of papal doctrine. Dr. Ramage is author, co-author, or co-translator of several books, including Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University of America Press, 2013) and Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels (forthcoming from CUA Press in 2016). His articles have appeared in a number of scholarly journals including Nova et Vetera, Scripta Theologica, Cithara, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review as well as popular online venues such as Strange Notions, The Gregorian Institute, and Crisis.  Dr. Ramage has been interviewed by news outlets including the National Catholic Register and First Things and has appeared on EWTN radio and the EWTN program Catholicism on Campus. Dr. Ramage lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, Jennifer, and five children.  For more on his work and his CV, visit Dr. Ramage’s website www.truthincharity.com.


Ph.D., Systematic Theology (minor: Biblical Studies), Ave Maria University

M.A., Theology & Christian Ministry, Franciscan University of Steubenville

B.A., Religious Studies (minor: Philosophy), University of Illinois

Representative Publications 

Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2013).

“The Reception of St. Paul in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger.” Letter and Spirit 11 (2016).

“Benedict XVI’s Hermeneutic of Reform: Towards a Rapprochement of the Magisterium and Modern Biblical Criticism.” Forthcoming in Nova et Vetera 14.3 (2016).

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus & the Substance of Catholic Doctrine: Towards a Realization of Benedict XVI’s ‘Hermeneutic of Reform.’” Nova et Vetera 14.1 (2016).

“Papieża Benedykta XVI Teologia Piękna a Nowa Ewangelizacja.” Roczniki Teologiczne LXII, zeszyt 12 (2015): 175-189. Polish translation of Ramage,

“Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty and the New Evangelization” (Homiletic and Pastoral Review, January 2015), by Maciej Baron.

“Integral Ecology and the Ecological Virtues in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 2015).

“How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: The Problem of Divine Violence as Considered in Recent Curial Documents” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (July 2015).

“Benedict XVI, Catholic Doctrine, and the Problem of an Imminent Parousia.”  Josephinum Journal of Theology 21.1 (2015).

“Christian Discernment of Divine Revelation: Benedict XVI and the International Theological Commission on the Dark Passages of the Old Testament.” Scripta Theologica 47 (2015): 71-83.

“Violence Is Incompatible with the Nature of God: Benedict, Aquinas, and Method C Exegesis of the ‘Dark’ Passages of the Bible.”  Nova et Vetera 13.1 (2015).

“Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty and the New Evangelization.”  Homiletic and Pastoral Review (January 2015).

“Benedict XVI and Freedom in Obedience to the Truth: A Key for the New Evangelization.”  Homiletic and Pastoral Review (May 2014).

“Jesus’ Infancy through the Eyes of Benedict XVI.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 2013).


Academy of Catholic Theology

Society of Biblical Literature

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Apostles of the Interior Life (lay movement)