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Matthew Beckmann is a Franciscan friar who teaches in the areas of Systematic Theology and Church History.  His interests lie in the interplay of those two disciplines, how historical events shape theology and how theology, in turn, drive history.  He is a medievalist by training but also works with the theological ideas about salvation and redemption, the theology and history of the Franciscan Order and how theological ideas are disseminated and diffused.

He has worked for many years in the area of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation and is part of the University’s Centre for Religion and Social Policy.  He enjoys being back at YTU where he began his theological studies.