Lawrence Cunningham


Emeritus Faculty 
John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus) 
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology


BA (St. Bernards Seminary)
STL (Gregorian University) MA
PhD (Florida State University

Research and Teaching Interests

Theology and Culture
Christian Spirituality
Systematic Theology

Recent Publications


Co-editor. 2014.The Norton Anthology of World Religions. New York: Norton.

2012. The Chapels of Notre Dame. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

2012. The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide. Notre Dame: Ave Maria/Sorin.

2010. Things Seen and Unseen. Notre Dame: IN: Sorin Books.

2009. Introduction to Roman Catholicism . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ed. 2009. Intractable Disputes about the Natural Law: Alasdair McIntyre and His Critics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

Ed./Trans. 2007. The Way of Humility by Andre Louf. Collegeville: Cistercian Publications.

2005. A Brief History of the Saints. Oxford: Blackwell.

Ed. 2004. John Henry Newman: Spiritual Texts. Hyde Park, NY: New City.


With Keith Egan. 2004. Christian Spirituality: Themes From the Tradition. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist.

2004. Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

1999. Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

 Ed. 1998. Ecumenism: Present Realities and Future Prospects. Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press.

Ed. 1996. A Search For Solitude: The Journals of Thomas Merton 1952-1960. San Francisco: Harper.

Ed. 1992. Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist.

With John Kelsay. 1990. The Sacred Quest: An Invitation To the Study of Religion. London: MacMillan.

1989. Catholic Prayer. Hertford, NC: Crossroad.

1987. The Catholic Faith: An Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist.

1987. Faith Rediscovered: Coming Home To Catholicism. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist.

1985. The Catholic Experience. Hertford, NC: Crossroad.

1983. The Catholic Heritage. Hertford, NC: Crossroad.

1982. Mother of God. San Francisco: Harper.

1981.Saint Francis of Assisi. San Francisco: Harper and Row.

With John Reich. 1981. Culture and Values: A Survey of the Western Humanities. 2vol+alternate volume. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 7th edition revised 2009 (Thompson).

1980.The Meaning of Saints. San Francisco: Harper and Row.

1976. Francis of Assisi. Boston: Twayne.

1972. Brother Francis: Writings By and About Saint Francis of Assisi. Harper and Row

Book Chapters:

2012. “Perspectives on Catholic Theology,” in Teaching the Tradition, edited by John Piderit and Melanie Morey, pp. 47-64. New York: Oxford University Press.

2011. “Christian Martyrdom: A Theological Perspective,” in Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom, ed. Michael Budde and Karen Scott, pp. 3-19. Grand Rapids,MI: Eerdmans.

2010. “The Way and the Ways: Reflections on Catholic Spirituality,” in Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective, ed. Greenman and Kalantzis, pp. 82-96. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

 2007. “A Catholicism and Western Culture,” in Exploring Theology, ed. Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran, pp. 42-52. Dublin: Veritas.


2013 Recipient of the CSC Spirit Award


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