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BC Theology Scholars Win Catholic Press Awards

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (June 2014)Several Boston College books were honored with awards from the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada at the organization's annual gathering.

Theology Professor Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., received the first-place award in the category of social teaching for his book Christianity and the Political Order. Also receiving a first-place prize for Scripture/popular studies was Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures, published by BC's Church in the 21st Century Center and edited by the late School of Theology and Ministry Professor Daniel Harrington, S.J., and STM Research Professor Christopher Matthews. Handbook of Roman Catholic Moral Terms by School of Theology and Ministry Professor James Bretzke, S.J., took second place in the category of reference books.

​In addition, Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, based on a conference organized by BC graduate students, was awarded first place in the category of works related to the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

Ken Himes
Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.

Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation (Orbis Books) reviews the relationship between Christian faith and the political realm both past and present.

Arguing that politics and religion are matters too important to be left to politicians and religious leaders, the book looks beyond electoral campaigns and government structures to the important questions of how people ought to live together, and how they should organize and govern their common life.

Daniel Harrington, SJ
Daniel Harrington, S.J.

Politics and the political choices, Fr. Himes contends, must be guided by considerations of national and global justice and peace and, for Christians, by the teachings of Jesus,as interpreted by tradition. As he examines the relationship between Christianity and politics from the teachings of the Old and New Testaments into the third millennium, he addresses questions of the role of the Church in politics, responsible voting, concerns of globalization, and issues of human rights and war and peace.

Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures (Paulist Press) makes accessible some of the best modern scholarship focused on who Jesus was in the first century and what he means today.

Christopher Matthews
Christopher Matthews

A collection of fourteen essays written by some of the most preeminent Catholic scholars in contemporary biblical studies, it is part of the award-winning C21 Center Book Series, which is drawn from the conferences and symposia the Center has held at Boston College on a range of topics, from Church managerial issues and sexuality to hope and ministry for the church.

The Handbook of Roman Catholic Moral Terms (Georgetown University Press) offers concise definitions, historical context, and illustrations on more than 800 moral terms used in the Catholic tradition, including Church teaching and documents.

James Bretzke, S.J.
James Bretzke, S.J.

Fr. Bretzke places Catholic tradition in a contemporary context to illuminate the continuities as well as discontinuities of Church teaching and key directions of Catholic thought.

Designed to serve as a vital reference work for libraries, students and scholars of theology, priests and pastoral ministers, as well as all adults interested in theological enrichment or continuing education, it is the most comprehensive post-Vatican II work of its kind available in English.

Edited by Kevin Ahern, who received his doctorate in
theological ethics from BC in 2013, Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis Books) features young theologians from several countries and multiple areas of theology offering hopeful insights on the future of ethics, dialogue, ecclesiology, liturgy and ministry.

Kevin Ahern
Kevin Ahern

​The book is the result of a 2012 conference organized by graduate students in BC’s Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry together with the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs. In addition to Ahern, Boston College contributors to the book include B. Kevin Brown, Christopher Conway, Benjamin Durheim, Peter Folan, S.J., Eduardo Gonzalez, Nathaniel Hibner, Michael Jaycox, Stephen Okey, Amanda Osheim, and Gonzalo Villagran, S.J.

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