College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor David Tracy: This Side of God

Professor David Tracy gave a series of Gifford lectures on the theme 'This Side of God'

Professor David Tracy

Event details

Lecture Series Theme: This Side of God

Dates: 25, 26, 27 April, 1, 2, 3, 4 8, 9, 11 May 2000


A native of Yonkers, New York, David Tracy was born in 1939. A noted Roman Catholic teacher, scholar, priest and theologian, he received his Licentiate (1964) and Doctorate (1969) at Gregorian University in Rome. His first teaching appointment was at Catholic University of America from 1967-1969, when he began teaching theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

He was named Distinguished Service Professor in 1985 and Distinguished Service Professor of Roman Catholic Studies in 1987. He has served on the University's Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and Methods and on the Committee on Social Thought.

He was a fellow, with John Cobb, at John Carroll University in 1976-77, delivering the Tuohy lectures on "The Problem of God." The recipient of several Honorary Doctorate degrees, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982. He has lectured in around forty universities around the world.

His publications include:

  • On Naming the Present - God, Hermeneutics, and Church, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994
  • Dialogue with the Other: The Inter-Religious Dialogue, Louvain: Eerdmans/Peeters Press, 1990
  • Plurality and Ambiguity, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987
  • A Catholic Vision, with Stephen Happel, Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984
  • A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible, with Robert Grant. 2d. ed.: Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984
  • Talking About God: Doing Theology in the Context of Modern Pluralism, with John Cobb, New York: Seabury, 1983
  • The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism, New York: Crossroad, 1981
  • Blessed Rage for Order: The New Pluralism in Theology, New York: Seabury, 1975
  • The Achievement of Bernard Lonergan, New York: Herder & Herder, 1970