Dr. David Alcalde Morales

He is currently a professor of the Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein, of the Instituto de Teología Lumen Gentium, and of the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Religiosas San Dámaso. He obtained his Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family (S.T.D.) at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in 2017.

He has been a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Granada since 2008. Previously, he obtained a Doctorate in Physical Sciences with a specialization in Astrophysics at the Universidad de La Laguna in 2002.

He has ample experience in astrophysical research and his expertise is the relation between theology, metaphysics, and science as it shows in his recently published book.


Academic History
  • Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), and granted by the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome), 2017.
    Dissertation title: “The Problematic Theological Extrinsicism Inherent in Modern Cosmology”

  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology of Marriage and Family (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), and granted by the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome), 2011.
    Thesis title: “The Ontological Basis for the Dialogue Between Science and Theology”.

  • Master of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD, USA), 2008.

  • Doctorate in Physics Sciences with a Specialization in Astrophysics (Ph.D.) from the Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain), 2002.
    Dissertation Title: “Análisis de las curvas de las curvas de luz de los sistemas lente gravitatoria QSO 0957+561 y QSO 2237+0305: Retraso temporal y efecto microlente” (Analysis of the light curves of the gravitational lens systems QSO 0957+561 and QSO 2237+0305: Temporal delay and microlensing).

  • Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude (C.A.P.) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), 1999.

  • Degree in Physics Sciences with a Specialization in Astrophysics, 1997.

  • Professor, Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein  since 2017.

  • Professor, Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium since 2017.

  • Professor, Instituto Superior de Ciencias Religiosas San Dámaso,  Distance Learning Department since 2017.

Adwards & Honors
  • 1997-2001: Doctoral studentship in Astrophysics granted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain).

  • 1998: Extraordinary award of the Degree in Physics granted by the Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain).

  • 1996-1997: Scholarship of Collaboration in Research granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture.

  • 1996: Summer Scholarship Program granted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain).

Expertise
  • Relation between theology, metaphysics, and science.
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophy of Science
Selected Publications
  • “Cosmology Without God?: The Problematic Theology Inherent in Modern Cosmology”. Veritas 35. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019.
  • “GLITP optical monitoring of QSO 0957+561: VR light curves and variability”, Ullán, A.; Goicoechea, L. J.; Muñoz, J. A.; Mediavilla, E.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Puga, E.; Alcalde, D.; Oscoz, A.; Barrena, R. 2003, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 346, 415.
  • “Around-the-Clock Observations of the Q0957+561A,B Gravitationally Lensed Quasar. II. Results for the Second Observing Season”, Colley, W. N.; Schild, R. E.; Abajas, C.; Alcalde, D. et al. 2003, The Astrophysical Journal, 587, 71.
  • “Determination of the properties of the central engine in microlensed QSOs”, Goicoechea, L. J.; Alcalde, D.; Mediavilla, E.; Muñoz, J. A. 2003, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 397, 517.
  • “The Nature and Size of the Optical Continuum Source in QSO 2237+0305”, Shalyapin, V. N.; Goicoechea, L. J.; Alcalde, D.; Mediavilla, E.; Muñoz, J. A.; Gil-Merino, R. 2002, The Astrophysical Journal, 579, 127.
  • “A Large Brightness Enhancement of the QSO 0957+561 A Component”, Oscoz, A.; Alcalde, D.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Mediavilla, E.; Muñoz, J. A. 2002, The Astrophysical Journal, 573, L1.
  • “QSO 2237+0305 VR Light Curves from Gravitational Lenses International Time Project Optical Monitoring”, Alcalde, D.; Mediavilla, E.; Moreau, O. et al. 2002, The Astrophysical Journal, 572, 729.
  • “Around the Clock Observations of the Q0957+561A,B Gravitationally Lensed Quasar”, Colley, W. N.; Schild, R. E.; Abajas, C.; Alcalde, D. et al. 2002, The Astrophysical Journal, 565, 105.
  • “Subarcsecond Optical Images of the Radio Gravitational Lens B1152+199”, Muñoz, J. A.; Mediavilla, E.; Falco, E. E.; Oscoz, A.; Barrena, R.; McLeod, B. A.; Abajas, C.; Alcalde, D.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Motta, V. 2001, The Astrophysical Journal, 563, L107.
  • “Time Delay in QSO 0957+561 From 1984-1999 Optical Data”, Oscoz, A.; Alcalde, D.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Mediavilla, E.; Abajas, C.; Barrena, R.; Licandro, J.; Motta, V.; Muñoz, J. A. 2001, The Astrophysical Journal, 552, 81.
  • “Short Time-Scale Fluctuations in the Difference Light Curves of QSO 0957+561A,B: Microlensing or Noise?”, Gil-Merino, R.; Goicoechea, L. J.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Oscoz, A.; Alcalde, D.; Mediavilla, E. 2001, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 322, 397.
  • “Optical and Infrared Photometry of the Type IIn SN 1998S: Days 11-146”, Fassia, A.; Meikle, W. P. S.; Vacca, W. D. et al. (Alcalde, D. incluido) 2000, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 318, 1093.
  • “GRB 000408, Optical Observations”, Henden, A.; Luginbuhl, C.; Canzian, B. (Alcalde, D. incluido) 2000, GRB Circular Network, 633, 1.
  • “BVRI Photometry of QSO 0957+561A, B: Observations, New Reduction Method, and Time Delay”, Serra-Ricart, M.; Oscoz, A.; Sanchís, T.; Mediavilla, E.; Goicoechea, L. J.; Licandro, J.; Alcalde, D.; Gil-Merino, R. 1999, The Astrophysical Journal, 526, 40.
  • “Two-dimensional Spectroscopy Reveals an Arc of Extended Emission in the Gravitational Lens System Q2237+0305”, Mediavilla, E.; Arribas, S.; del Burgo, C.; Oscoz, A.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Alcalde, D.; Falco, E. E.; Goicoechea, L. J.; Garcia-Lorenzo, B.; Buitrago, J. 1998, The Astrophysical Journal, 503, L27.
  • “XTE J2123-058”, Casares, J.; Serra-Ricart, M.; Zurita, C.; Gomez, A.; Alcalde, D.; Charles, P.; Homan, J.; van der Klis, M.; van Paradijs, J.; Mendez, M. 1998, IAU Circulars, 6971, 2.
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