David Tracy of the University of Chicago Divinity School to Receive Inaugural SHU Medal

News Story: February 1, 2010
Public talk “Three Paths to the Question of God Today” to Follow Award Presentation
Father David Tracy
David Tracy, Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will be presented with the inaugural Sacred Heart University Medal on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Father Tracy will be the first recipient of the newly established SHU Medal, which honors a distinguished individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Following the presentation of the SHU Medal, Fr. Tracy will discuss, “Three Paths to the Question of God Today.” The event is open to the public and will take place in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield.

As professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Fr. Tracy teaches a wide variety of courses in contemporary theology. He offers classes in philosophical, systematic, and constructive theology and hermeneutics, and courses dealing with issues and persons in religion and modern thought. He has served on the university’s Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and Methods and the Committee on Social Thought.

According to the national Catholic publication America, “David Tracy’s attention to method in theology and his far-ranging eclecticism demonstrates the breadth of the Catholic analogical imagination. His ability to converse with virtually the whole range of Western humanistic intellectual culture has preserved the Catholic intellectual tradition in the secular academy as few others have.”

Fr. Tracy’s many publications include: “The Achievement of Bernard Lonergan” (1970); “Blessed Rage for Order: The New Pluralism in Theology” (1975); “The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism” (1981); “Talking about God: Doing Theology in the Context of Modern Pluralism,” with John Cobb (1983); “A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible,” with Robert Grant (1984); “A Catholic Vision,” with Stephen Happel (1984); “Plurality and Ambiguity” (1987); “Dialogue with the Other: The Inter-Religious Dialogue” (1990); and “On Naming the Present: God, Hermeneutics, and Church” (1994). Fr. Tracy is also currently writing a book on God.

He was born in 1939 in Yonkers, New York. He earned his licentiate in 1964 and his doctorate in 1969, both at Rome’s Gregorian University. In 1982 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a priest in the Diocese of Bridgeport.