Robert L. Masson (Ph.D., Fordham University, 1978), [Systematics/Ethics], specializes in Catholic systematic and fundamental theology with a particular emphases on: philosophical theology, religious epistemology and language, and Rahner. The focus of his current research is the role of metaphor and analogy in religious understanding and theological argumentation.
He is the author of articles in a number of professional journals (e.g., Theological Studies, The Thomist, Horizons, The Heythrop Journal, Zygon ), and The Charmed Circle: Theology for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet (Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1987). He served as Associate Editor of Philosophy and Theology (1995-2002). In June, 2004, he was elected President of the College Theology Society for a two-year term, and has been a board member of that society (1980-83) and chaired its Research and Publication Committee (1983-1987).
He served on the board of the Karl Rahner Society, was the society's national coordinator from (1995-98). Recently published articles include: “Analogy and the Metaphoric Process.” Theological Studies 62 (2001): 571-96; “The Clash of Christological Symbols: A Case for Metaphoric Realism,” in Christology: Memory, Inquiry, Practice , ed. Clifford Anne M. and Anthony J. Godzieba (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2003, 62-86); “Reframing the Fields,” Zygon 39/1 (2004) 49-62.