Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-xii

English-speaking readers will be especially grateful to Professor Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., for providing not only a comprehensive theological commentary on the diverse writings of Erich Przywara, S. J. (1889–1972) but also fascinating biographical details about this major German Catholic theologian. ...

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xv

“One must not forget Father Erich Przywara. For the Catholics of Germany in the twenties, thirties, and forties he was one of the keenest minds. He had a great influence on all of us when we were young.” So Karl Rahner recalled his fellow Jesuit in 1965.1 Few taking up this book, however, have heard of Erich Przywara. ...

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Chapter 1. Erich Przywara: His Age and His World

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pp. 1-32

Erich Przywara was a German Jesuit whose ideas and writings influenced Catholic intellectuals and church movements in the twentieth century. A thinker, a writer, a contemplative of the unseen, from 1920 to 1960 he carried on a wide-ranging conversation with the creators and issues of modern philosophy and culture, mainly in Germany and Austria. ...

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Chapter 2. The Challenge to Be a Catholic

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pp. 33-64

How would Catholicism exist as the twentieth century progressed? Could it flourish amid the cultural changes occurring as the century moved forward after World War I? Erich Przywara pondered those issues throughout his life. ...

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Chapter 3. Philosophies of Religion in the Service of Theology

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pp. 65-98

For his lectures at German universities in the 1920s Erich Przywara summoned forth diverse sources—patristic thinkers and German phenomenologists—to offer directions for Catholic theology. His first books worked at drawing these sources into a system, a philosophy of religion. ...

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Chapter 4. A Theologian’s Contemporaries

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pp. 99-148

The time after World War I was philosophically rich, culturally innovative, and politically unstable. Erich Przywara lived amid those worlds: far from being a withdrawn cleric or a confrontative Catholic apologete, he sought out not only in books but in people ideas in philosophy and theology, directions in art, and the renewal of Protestantism and Judaism. ...

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Chapter 5. The Christian in the Church

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pp. 149-180

With these pages, a final chapter, we move from a consideration of Erich Przywara’s contemporaries to his theological ideas. If his theology frequently touched people he knew and arranged philosophers and theologians of the past, it nevertheless explores three Christian realities, ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 181-188

Son of an immigrant, a seminarian educated in exile, an ascetic Jesuit, a disciple of abstract thinkers, frail and yet owning an impressive mind and voice, Erich Przywara was engaged during the period from World War I to the Third Reich in a dialogue with church and culture, philosophy and Christian revelation. ...

Notes

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pp. 189-244

Bibliographic Resources

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pp. 245-248

Index of Names

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pp. 249-254

Back Cover

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