First Things Highlights Jesuit Intellectuals

In October, the publication First Things highlighted a poll performed by The Gregorian Blog which surveyed the top Catholic commentators, editors and scholars, asking:  “Who were America’s greatest Catholic intellectuals?”

Of the top 10 receiving the most nominations, three were Jesuits.

The Catholic Hall of Fame’s Greatest American Catholic intellectuals, in the order of their birth:

  1. Orestes Brownson (1803–1876)
  2. Jesuit Father John Courtney Murray (1904-1967)
  3. John Senior (1923-1999)
  4. Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ (1918-2008)
  5. Jesuit Father James Schall (1928-)
  6. Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)
  7. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009)
  8. Mary Anne Glendon (1938-)
  9. George Weigel (1951-)
  10. Robert P. George (1955-)

 

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