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Avery Dulles

Avery Dulles

Essential Writings from America Magazine 

Author: Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J.

Edited by: James T. Keane

Introduction by: James Martin, S.J.

Compiled by: America Media, Inc.

Price: $24.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-87061-315-9

Imprint: Christian Classics

On-sale date: November 8, 2019

More History, Spirituality, Theology


Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. (1918–2008), was one of the leading American Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. Published in partnership with America Media, this collection of Dulles’s essential work from America magazine includes more than five decades of writing that showcases his wide-ranging interests in ecclesiology, salvation history, pastoral theology, and contemporary literature and reflects the Jesuit’s warm personality and astute insights on the Church in an era of great change.

Avery Dulles: The Essential Writings from America Magazine includes occasional and formal writing, book reviews, reflections, and extended essays from America. Known as a synthesizer of Catholic thought from disparate traditions and theological positions, Dulles is perhaps best known for his book Models of the Church, one of a number of important academic works he wrote. Dulles was the author of twenty-five books and produced hundreds of articles for America and other journals.

In these selections from America, Dulles reflects on theological questions such as the relationship between faith and reason, as well as events like the Second Vatican Council that affected average Catholics. Avery Dulles also includes the late cardinal’s exploration of the teachings of John Paul II and the authority of the episcopacy—solidifying our understanding of Dulles as both a towering figure and a mediating voice in American Catholicism.


"Humble and holy."

"A humble, holy, and faithful brother in Christ."

From the introduction by Rev. James Martin, S.J.

"A master class."

"A master class on the momentous changes that have shaped Catholicism and Catholic theology over the past half century."

Edward P. Hahnenberg
Breen Chair of Catholic Theology at John Carroll University

"A welcome collection."

"Avery Dulles’s occasional writings, like his scholarship, demonstrate his lifelong determination to ‘think with the Church.’ Thus this welcome collection is a reminder to all Catholic theologians and writers that innovation for its own sake (not to mention innovation for the sake of cultural accommodation) is not a virtue, while the mere repetition of ancient formulas can be an obstacle to the New Evangelization in an age of profound cultural confusion."

George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies
Ethics and Public Policy Center

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