Peter J. Casarella

Peter J. Casarella

Associate Professor
Systematic Theology
World Religions and World Church


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Yale University (1992). Specialization: Philosophy of Religion.
Special Student at University and Theological Faculty of Trier with courses in medieval philosophy and systematic theology (1988-90).
M.A.,Yale University (1986).
B.A.,Yale College (1985); summa cum laude, distinction in the Major (Religious Studies); Phi Beta Kappa

Research and Teaching Interests

Latino/a Theology
Medieval Christian Thought (especially Bonaventure, Nicholas of Cusa)
Theological Aesthetics
In the video below, Prof. Casarella discusses the future of Latino Theology:

Recent Publications

Ed. 2015. Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
With William F. Storrar and Paul Louis Metzger. 2011.  A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2006. Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
Ed. with Raul Gomez. 2003. El Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church.
Ed. with George P. Schner SJ. 1998. Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
Book Chapters:
2015. "Intervento (Response to Maurizio Chiodi)," in Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile: Contributo interdisciplinare per l'approfondimento sinodale, ed. Andrea Bozzolo, Maurizio Chiodi, et alii. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana: 213-20.
2014. “Public Reason and Intercultural Dialogue,” At the Limits of the Secular: Catholic Reflections on Faith and Public Life, ed., William Barbieri. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
2014. “Priestly Ministry: Helping the Search for True Life,” in Entering into the Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology, Deacon James Keating, ed., pp. 191-223. Omaha, NE: Institute for Priestly Formation.
2013. “Nicholas of Cusa and the Ends of Medieval Mysticism,” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism, ed., Julia Lamm. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, 388-403.
2012. “Culture and Conscience in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI,” in: Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, ed., John Cavadini, pp. 63-86. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
2012. “Secularismo: genealogia espiritual e diálogo intercultural,” Secularização: Novos Desafios, ed. Maria Clara Bingemer and Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade, pp. 77-103.. Rio de Janeiro: Editora de PUC-Rio.
2012. “Mary and Inculturation,” A Man of the Church: Honoring the Theology, Life, and Witness of Ralph del Colle, ed., Michel Barnes, pp. 265-82. Eugene, OP: Wipf and Stock.
2012. “Naturae Desiderium: The Desire of Nature between History and Theology,” Christianity and Secular Reason: Classical Themes and Modern Developments, ed., Jeffrey Bloechl, pp. 33-63. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
2012. “Dar Razón de Nuestra Esperanza: Teología Pública y el Desafío Actual del Diálogo Interamericano,” in: Dar Razón de Nuestra Esperanza. El anuncio del Evangelio en una sociedad plural, ed. Cecilia Inés Avenatti de Palumbo and Jorge Scampini, O.P., pp. 203-220. Buenos Aires: Agape Libros.
2011. "Hans Urs von Balthasar, Erich Przywara's Analogia Entis, and the Problem of a Catholic Denkform", The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Antichrist or the Wisdom of God? ed., Thomas Joseph White, O.P., pp. 192-206. Grand Rapids, MI; Eeerdmans Press.
2011. "Trinity and Creation: David L. Schindler and the Catholic Tradition", Being Holy in the World: Theology and Culture in the Thought of David L. Schindler, ed., Nicholas J. Healy Jr. and D.C. Schindler, pp. 30-54. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans
2013. “The Communion of Saints and Social Solidarity,” Concilium 2013/3: 59-69.
2013. “Conversion and Witnessing: Intercultural Renewal in a World Church,” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 68 (2013): 1-17.
2013. “Beauty and the Little Stories of Holiness: What Alejandro García-Rivera Taught Me,” in Diálogo 16, 2 (Fall 2013): 53-58.
2013. "Morimichi Watanabe, Nicholas of Cusa: A Companion to His Life and His Times," First Things (March 2013), 62.


Before coming to Notre Dame in 2013, Peter Casarella served as professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University where he was also the director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He has taught previously at the University of Dallas and The Catholic University of America. He has published almost fifty essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics—e.g., medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. In 2005 he served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS). He has edited or co-edited: Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), and, most recently, A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011). 




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