Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions and colonial history.
Arts & CultureMusic
Damian Costello
Bob Dylan, who turns 80 on May 24, expanded my musical and conceptual horizons from my college days onward.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Damian Costello
When I was unmoored from the church, Marley's music and messianic faith told me: No, God has not forgotten you.
FaithShort Take
Damian Costello
A tree that is forever green and points to heaven can stand for Christ.
FaithLast Take
Damian Costello
One of the richest philosophical traditions in human history has been ignored and even systematically persecuted: the broad family of indigenous philosophies.
Black Elk as a Catholic teacher and as a Lakota leader. (Left photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 00559; right photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 01287/Ben Hunt)
Damian CostelloJon M. Sweeney
Sainthood for Black Elk could help the inclusion of indigenous Americans within the Catholic Church, but it also raises questions about the church's role in erasing Lakota culture.