Theology professor publishes new book

by Tracy Graf

Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., William K. Warren Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, examines the life and theology of a leading 20th century Catholic intellectual in a new book published this month by Notre Dame Press.p. In “Erich Przywara, S.J., His Theology and His World,” O’Meara offers a comprehensive study of the German Jesuit and his philosophical theology, reporting on Przywara’s life, numerous writings, lecture-courses at German universities on Augustine and Aquinas, and influence on important intellectual contemporaries. O’Meara provides an in-depth analysis of Przywara’s theology, focusing particularly on his Catholic views of person, liturgy and church.p. Throughout his life, Przywara helped further dialogue between German Catholicism and modern culture by publishing some 60 books and 600 articles addressing theological issues.p. “English-speaking readers will be especially grateful to O’Meara for providing not only a comprehensive theological commentary on the diverse writings of Przywara, but also fascinating biographical details about this major German Catholic theologian,” said Rev. Michael A. Fahey, S.J., Emmett Doerr Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Marquette University.p. A priest of the Dominican Order, Central Province, Father O’Meara earned his doctorate from the University of Munich and taught at the Aquinas Institute in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1966-79. He is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has been awarded the prestigious John Courtney Murray Award from the Theological Society. His other publications include “Thomas Aquinas, Theologian.”

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