Erich Przywara, S.J.: His Theology and His World

Paperback | September 15, 2009

byThomas F. O'meara O.p.Foreword byMichael A. Fahey S.j.

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"O'Meara masterfully situates Pryzwara in relation to the traditional and contemporary theological, philosophical, ecclesial, cultural, and social contexts within which he wrote." --William P. Loewe, professor of religious studies, Catholic University of America

Erich Przywara, S.J. (1889-1972) is one of the important Catholic intellectuals of the twentieth century. Yet, in the English-speaking world Przywara remains largely unknown. Few of his sixty books or six hundred articles have been translated. In this engaging new book, Thomas O'Meara offers a comprehensive study of the German Jesuit Erich Przywara and his philosophical theology. Przywara's scholarly contributions were remarkable. He was one of three theologians who introduced the writings of John Henry Cardinal Newman into Germany. From his position at the Jesuit journal in Munich, Stimmen der Zeit, he offered an open and broad Catholic perspective on the cultural, philosophical, and theological currents of his time. As one of the first Catholic intellectuals to employ the phenomenologies of Edmund Husserl and Max Scheler, he was also responsible for giving an influential, more theological interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Przywara was also deeply engaged in the ideas and authors of his times. He was the first Catholic dialogue partner of Karl Barth and Paul Tillich. Edmund Husserl was counted among Przywara's friends, and Edith Stein was a close personal and intellectual companion. Through his interactions with important figures of his age and his writings, ranging from speculative systems to liturgical hymns, Przywara was of marked importance in furthering a varied dialogue between German Catholicism and modern culture.

Following a foreword by Michael Fahey, S.J., O'Meara presents a chapter on Pryzwara's life and a chronology of his writings. O'Meara then discusses Pryzwara's philosophical theology, his lecture-courses at German universities on Augustine and Aquinas, his philosophy of religion, and his influence on important intellectual contemporaries. O'Meara concludes with an in-depth analysis of Pryzwara's theology, focusing particularly on his Catholic views of person, liturgy, and church.

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"O'Meara masterfully situates Pryzwara in relation to the traditional and contemporary theological, philosophical, ecclesial, cultural, and social contexts within which he wrote." --William P. Loewe, professor of religious studies, Catholic University of AmericaErich Przywara, S.J. (1889-1972) is one of the important Catholic intellect...

Thomas F. O'Meara is William K. Warren Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books, including Thomas Aquinas, Theologian (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997). 
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268037310

ISBN - 13:9780268037314

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"This fine volume . . . takes us through the life of a tremendous, albeit overlooked, influence on much of twentieth-century thought. Erich Przywara was an astute observer of culture, a musician, philosopher, theologian, and priest, and he has long deserved such a fine tribute as O'Meara has here provided." --American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly