David Burrell, C.S.C.

David Burrell, C.S.C.


Emeritus Faculty


Theodore Hesburgh C.S.C. Professor emeritus in Philosophy and Theology

Research and Teaching Interests

David Burrell, C.S.C., Theodore Hesburgh C.S.C. Professor emeritus in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, served there from 1964 to 2007 and has subsequently served the Congregation of Holy Cross District of East Africa, as Professor of Comparative theology at Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya.

 His work since 1982 has been in comparative issues in philosophical theology in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

Recent Publications

Knowing the Unknowable God:  Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas (Notre Dame, 1986) and Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions (Notre Dame, 1993), Friendship and Ways to Truth (Notre Dame, 2000), and two translations of al-Ghazali:  Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God (Cambridge:  Islamic Texts Society,1993) and Al-Ghazali on Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence [=Book 35 of his Ihya Ulum ad-Din] (Louisville:  Fons Vitae, 2001).  With Elena Malits he co-authored Original Peace (New York: Paulist, 1998), and with Mary Louise Gude, C.S.C. and Gerald Schlabach, translated Roger Arnaldez: Three Messengers for one God(Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1998).  He apprenticed in Jewish-Christian-Muslim understanding in Jerusalem (Tantur Ecumenical Institute) and Cairo (Dominical Institute for Oriental Studies).

  Blackwell published a collected set of essays in 2005:  Faith and Freedom:  An Interfaith Perspective;   Brazos Press (Grand Rapids MI) published a philosophical commentary on the book of Job—Deconstructing Theodicy (2008), and Sorin Books (Notre Dame IN) issued an appreciation of the life and work (from his writings) of John Zahm, C.S.C.: When Faith and Reason Meet  (2009).   Scranton University Press published  Learning to Trust in Freedom:  Signs from Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions (2010), while Blackwell published  Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology in 2011.

Earlier published writings include Analogy and Philosophical Language  (New Haven CT:  Yale University Press, 1973), Exercises in Religious Understanding (Notre Dame IN:  University of Notre Dame Press, 1975), Aquinas: God and Action (Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press / London:  Routlege and Kegan Paul, 1979), and an interfaith colloquy (edited with Bernard McGinn) on God and Creation  (Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990).


Recipient of honorary doctorate in theology from Lund University (Sweden) 2008, Aquinas medal from American Catholic Philosophical Association (2008), and John Courtney Murray award from Catholic Theological Society of America (2009).  



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