David L. Schindler

Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology
Dean Emeritus
David L. Schindler portrait


• Foundational Issues in the History of American Thought and Culture
• The Nature of Gender
• Philosophical Issues in Modern Technology
• Metaphysics
• Fundamental Theology
• John Paul II’s Theology of “Integral Human Liberation”

David L. Schindler

Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology
Dean Emeritus


Ph.D., Religion, Claremont Graduate School
M.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University
B.A., Philosophy, Gonzaga University


In memoriam

Formerly a Weaver Fellow (1972-73) and a Fulbright Scholar (1974-75, Austria), Dr. Schindler taught in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame (1979-92), where he received tenure in 1985, and at Mount St. Mary’s University (1976-79), where he received tenure in 1978. Since 1982 he has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review, a federation of journals founded in 1972 by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Henri de Lubac, and other European theologians. He serves as editor of the series “Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought” with Eerdmans Publishing Company. Dr. Schindler has published over eighty articles (translated into nine languages) in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical issues in bioscience and technology, gender, and the relation between theology/philosophy and American culture. He is the author of Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Communio Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation (T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 1996); Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God (Eerdmans, 2011); Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom: A New Translation, Redaction History, and Interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae, with Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. (Eerdmans and Humanum Academic Press, 2015); The Generosity of Creation (Humanum Academic Press, 2018). His most recent edited collections are Love Alone is Credible: Hans Urs Von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition (Eerdmans, 2008); and (with Doug Bandow) Wealth, Poverty, and Human Destiny (ISI, 2003). Other edited collections include Beyond Mechanism: The Universe in Recent Physics and Catholic Thought (1986); Act and Agent: Philosophical Foundations of Moral Education, with Jesse Mann and Frederick Ellrod (1986); Catholicism and Secularism in America (1990); and Hans Urs Von Balthasar: His Life and Work (1991). Dr. Schindler was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2002 to 2007.


JPI 511/731

Faith and American Culture

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JPI 984

The Memory of God

How do we arrive at the idea of God, at the awareness of his existence? The course ponders this question …

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JPI 989

Aquinas: Creation, Truth, Goodness

The course considers the idea of being as gift in light especially of the philosophy of St. Thomas. Reflecting on …

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JPI 979

The American Proposition: An Ontological-Theological Inquiry

This course reflects on what may be termed America’s vision of reality, as expressed in its “way of life”: the …

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