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School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 204

Academic biography

Dr David Kennedy (BA, MA, Ph.D., SFHEA), Assistant Professor of Religious Education, joined the School of Human Development, Institute of Education, Dublin City University in 2019. David is also connected to the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University as a teaching and research associate. He is a member of the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education; Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE); Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education; the Irish Theological Association; and the European Society for Catholic Theology. From 2013-2015, he was a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where he worked as a researcher and departmental assistant teaching in systematic, biblical and sacramental theology. From 2015-2019, David worked as a researcher for national bodies in Catholic education, namely: the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP - now known as the Catholic Education Partnership [CEP]); the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools (ATCS - now know as the Association of Patrons and Trustees of Catholic Schools [APTCS]); the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA); and the

Research interests

- Philosophical and Systematic Theology:

The question of religious truth in an age of pluralisation, secularisation and detraditionalisation; Christology; the relationship between faith and reason in religious enquiry; the theological and phenomenological work of Jean Luc Marion; the reception of, and response to, Heideggerian phenomenology in contemporary theology; the reception of, and dialogue between, Gadamerian philosophical hermeneutics and contemporary theology; responses and critiques of onto/de-ontological theology; Queer theology.

- Sacramental and Liturgical Theology:

Pre/Post-Conciliar theologies of the Eucharist; the liturgical movement and reform of the 20th Century; the refinement and modification of Dom Odo Casel’s mystical theology in the work of Louis Bouyer and Edward Schillebeeckx; sacramental mediation and exchange in the work of Louis-Marie Chauvet.

- Biblical Theology: