John Saward has previously been Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the International Theological
Institute (a Papal institute of graduate theology in Gaming, Austria). Born in Middlesex in 1947, he is married
with three daughters.
Having read Philosophy and Psychology at St John's College, Oxford, from 1965 to 1968, he went on to study Theology
and to train for the Anglican ministry at St Stephen's House, Oxford. He was ordained as an Anglican clergyman
in 1972. In 1973 he was awarded a M. Litt. in theology, for which he had submitted a thesis on 'The Theology of
Death' under the supervision of Father Cornelius Ernst OP of Blackfriars, Oxford.
After two years as a curate in Lancashire, Saward returned to Oxford in 1974 as Chaplain and Junior Research Fellow
in Theology at Lincoln College. In 1979 he and his family were received into the Catholic Church at Campion Hall,
From 1980 to 1992 Saward was Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at Ushaw College and from 1992 to 1998 Professor of
Systematic Theology at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, USA.
Saward is the author of eight books and many booklets, articles, and contributions to collected works.
Saward was ordained deacon on 21st June 03 and was ordained priest (for the Archdiocese of Birmingham)
later in the year.
His books are:
Perfect Fools: Folly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality (Oxford University Press, 1980), The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter (HarperCollins, 1990).
Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary Published by Ignatius Press, 1993.
Christ is the Answer: The Christ-Centred Teaching of Pope John Paul
II (T & T Clark, 1995),
Chapter 5: "The Christocentric Mary"
The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty: Art, Sanctity,
and the Truth of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1997)
The Way of the Lamb: The Spirit of Childhood and the End of the Age
published by (T. & T. Clark, 1999).
Chapter 9 on Charles Péguy and The Way of the Lamb
Cradle of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery (Ignatius Press, 2002)
Review by Aidan Nichols OP.
Review by Robert Ombres O.P.
and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven
(Hardback, OUP 2005 Paperback April 2008)
Firmly I Believe and Truly
The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England
Edited by John Saward, John Morrill and Michael Tomko
Forward by Vincent Nichols
A Priest Forever - Continuity In an Age of Change link
(New CTS booklet)
Articles on this website-:
The Theology of the Laity
Christ The Light of The Nations
Re-Awakening The Catholic Memory
Europes's Return to the Fathers
Regaining Paradise: Paul Claudel and the Renewal of Exegesis
The Flesh Flowers Again:
St. Bonaventure and the Aesthetics of the Resurrection
The Grace of God in Courtesy
"Love's Second Name"
Saint Thomas on Mercy
Musical Comedy, Divine Comedy
Teacher: Our Lady of the Little Way.
Since 1979 Saward has been one of the translators of the works of Hans Urs von Balthasar, including Herrlichkeit, Unser Auftrag,
and Sponsa Verbi. He has also produced an English version of
Balthasar's anthology of St Irenaeus (The Scandal of the Incarnation, Ignatius Press, 1994).
In the 1970's John Saward was one of the co-editors of Sobornost and Eastern Churches Review. Since 1991 he has been a consulting
editor of Communio and La Nuova Europa. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
He has been described by Father Aidan Nichols as "the Balthasar of the English-speaking
world." However, in recent years Saward appears to have come to share the growing unease among orthodox Catholics
about the nature and origin of Balthasar’s theology. In his 2005 work The Sweet and Blessed Country he describes Balthasar’s theory
of universal hope as “a kind of blasphemy.” Alyssa Pitstick, one of the Swiss theologian's most telling and insightful
critics, studied under Saward at the International Theological Institute.
Saward’s work has been evolving not only in content but also in method and
style towards a form which combines ‘ressourcement’ with the rigour of scholasticism. Sacred art also plays a prominent
role in this method.
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