Richard John Neuhaus

Father Richard John Neuhaus is acclaimed as one of the foremost authorities on the role of religion in the contemporary world and is President of The Institute on Religion and Public Life, a nonpartisan inter-religious research and education institute in New York City. He is editor-in-chief of the Institute's publication, First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life.

As a Lutheran clergyman, Father Richard John Neuhaus was for seventeen years senior pastor of a low-income Black parish in Brooklyn, New York. He has played a leadership role in organizations dealing with civil rights, international justice, and ecumenism. Neuhaus' work has been the subject of feature articles in popular and scholarly publications both here and abroad, and he has been the recipient of numerous honors from universities and other institutions, including the John Paul II Award for Religious Freedom.

He has held presidential appointments in the Carter, Reagan, and first Bush administrations. In a survey of national leadership, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT named Father Neuhaus one of 32 "most influential intellectuals in America." In September 1991 he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

Among his best known books are Freedom for Ministry, The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World, and, with Rabbi Leon Klenicki, Believing Today: Jew and Christian in Conversation.

Appearing in 1992 were America Against Itself (Notre Dame Press) and Doing Well & Doing Good: The Moral Challenge of the Free Economy (Doubleday). In 1995, he edited with Charles Colson, Evangelicals & Catholics Together: Toward A Common Mission (Word). The End of Democracy? (Spence) appeared in 1997 and Appointment in Rome: The Church in America Awakening (Crossroad) in 1998. Two books published early in the year 2000 are The Eternal Pity (Notre Dame) and Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus From the Cross (Basic Books). His most recent book is As I Lay Dying: Meditations upon Returning, also from Basic Books.

Born in Canada, Neuhaus received his formal education in Ontario and in the United States and is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri.

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