Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria

Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.Dr. Echeverria was born in Mexico but his family moved to New York when he was young. He was baptized and catechized a Catholic but he never thought the Church was relevant in his life. While on a vacation in Europe, when he was 20, he was introduced to L’Abri Fellowship and Francis Schaeffer, in Switzerland. It was here that he committed his life to Christ. Coming back to America, he became a committed Calvinist, in particular of the Dutch Reformed tradition (Kuyper, Bavinck, Berkouwer, Dooyeweerd). Though he was Reformed, Eduardo was always looking for something more in the church's liturgy and its accompanying sacramentology, which he found lacking in the Reformed tradition. Because of this he became an Anglo-Catholic, while he was still an Evangelical in his piety. Striving after not only a coherent grasp of the whole truth of the Christian faith, but also a corresponding life of faith, he went ahead into the Catholic Church, coming into full communion with her in 1992. 

  • S.T.L., Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Angelicum, University of St. Thomas, Rome (2009)
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Free University/Amsterdam, Netherlands (1981)
  • Drs., Philosophy and Systematic Theology, Free University/Amsterdam, Netherlands (1977)
  • BA, Philosophy, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois (1973)

Books:

  • Divine Election: A Catholic Orientation in Dogmatic and Ecumenical Perspective (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016).
  • Pope Francis. The Legacy of Vatican II (Hobe Sound, Florida: Lectio Publishing, 2015). E-book version with new Epilogue, 2016. Spanish translation with new Epilogue: Descleee De Brouwer, Bilbao, Spain, forthcoming 2016.
  • History and Truth: An Ecumenical Hermeneutics of Creeds and Confessions (forthcoming 2018, Peter Lang Publishing).
  • Redemptive Suffering (forthcoming Lectio Publishing, 2018).
  • Berkouwer and Catholicism, Disputed Questions (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013), 507pp.Volume 24, Studies in Reformed Theology. http://www.brill.com/berkouwer-and-catholicism.
  • “In the Beginning. . .” A Theology of the Body (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011), 368 pp.
  • Dialogue of Love: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic Ecumenist (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010), 260 pp.
  • Slitting the Sycamore, Christ and Culture in the New Evangelization, Monograph, 87 pp., No. 12, Christian Social Thought Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute, 2008). Kindle edition, Smashwords, 2012 (http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/151353/1/slitting-the-sycamore).

Selection of Recent Articles: 

  • “The Salvation of Non-Christians? Reflections on Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes 22, Lumen Gentium 16, Gerald O’Collins, S.J., and St. John Paul II,” forthcoming the Angelicum
  • Dei Verbum and the Nature of Revelation,” forthcoming the Josephine Journal of Theology
  •  “John Henry Newman’s Epistemology of Christian Belief,” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 39 Numbers 1/2 Spring/Summer (2016): 15-34.
  • “Conflicting Interpretations of Lumen gentium 16,” Homiletic & Pastoral Review, June 30, 2016 http://www.hprweb.com/2016/06/conflicting-interpretations-of-lumen-gentium-16/.
  • “Pope Francis on Mercy and Justice: A Short Primer,” Catholic World Report, 2/11/16; http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/4568/pope_francis_on_mercy_and_justice_a_short_primer.aspx.
  •  “D’Costa’s Hermeneutics,” Contribution to a Symposium on Gavin D’Costa, Vatican II, Catholic Doctrines on Jews & Muslims, Nova et Vetera, forthcoming.
  • “The Essentialist versus Historicist Debate about the Truth-Status of Dogmatic Formulations,” Louvain Studies 38 (2014): 356-369.
  • “Vatican II and the Religions,” Nova et Vetera Vol. 13, No. 3 (2015): 837-873.
  • “Hermeneutics of Creeds and Confessions: The Question of Continuity and Change,”  Stellenbosch Theological Journal 2015, Vol 1, No 1, 99–123.
  • “Hierarchy of Truths Revisited,” Acta Theologica 2015 35 (2): 11-35.
  • “How Pope Francis Understands Theology and Tradition,” First Things, September 10, 2015, http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/09/how-pope-francis-understands-theology-and-tradition.
  • “The Theological Mind of Laudato Si’,” Homiletic & Pastoral Review, June 27, 2015, http://www.hprweb.com/2015/06/the-theological-mind-of-laudato-si/.
  • “A Catholic Assessment of Gregg Allison’s Critique of the ‘Hermeneutics of Catholicism’,”  Called to Communion, http://www.calledtocommunion.com/2015/08/a-catholic-assessment-of-gregg-allisons-critique-of-the-hermeneutics-of-catholicism/#comment-186555.
  • “Ten Years Later: The Habermas and Ratzinger Debate,” The Thomist (under consideration).
  • “Berkouwer, Vatican I, and the ‘duplex ordo cognitionis’” (Neo-Calvinism and Roman Catholicism, under consideration at T&T Clark).
  • “Christ is the Fulfillment of the Law,” Homiletic & Pastoral Review, November 14, 2015, http://www.hprweb.com/2014/11/christ-is-the-fulfillment-of-the-law/.
  • “Pope Francis's Temptations,” October 25, Aleteia, http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/pope-francis-temptations-5904790940811264
  • “Ecumenism, Rightly Understood,” October 24, Crisis  Magazine, http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/ecumenism-rightly-understood
  • “Development of Doctrine or Change in Teaching?” October 19, Catholic World Report, http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3455/development_of_doctrine_or_change_in_in_teaching.aspx
  • “The Synod's Interim Report: Ambiguity and Misinterpretation,” October 17, Crisis Magazine, http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/synods-interim-report-ambiguity-misinterpretation
  • Ressourcement, Aggiornamento, and Vatican II in Ecumenical Perspective,” in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, July 28, online journal, http://www.hprweb.com/2014/07/ressourcement-aggiornamento-and-vatican-ii-in-ecumenical-perspective/.
  • “Relativism—Ancilla Theologiae et Fidei? Not so Fast!” Article Review of J.K.A. Smith, Who’s Afraid of Relativism? Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood, in the Calvin Theological Journal 49 (November 2014): 258-282. Smith responds in the same issue of CTJ. I subsequently respond on the Blog of the Tyndale University College Philosophy Department to Smith’s response: http://tyndalephilosophy.com/2014/11/21/a-response-to-james-k-a-smith-by-eduardo-echeverria/#more-1551.
  • Review of Tim Noble, The Poor in Liberation Theology, Pathway to God or Ideological Construct, in the Journal of Reformed Theology 9 (2015): 27-28.
  • “Waar Barmhartigheid en Rechtvardigheid elkaar Ontmoeten,” Deel I, Katholiek Nieuwsblad,  August 22, 2014, 10-11; Deel II, “Rechtvardigheid in dienst van Barmhartigheid,” August 29, 12-13.
  • “Understanding God’s God Love: A Primer on Mercy and Justice,” Crisis: A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity, http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/understanding-gods-love-primer-mercy-justice.
  • “Revelation, Faith, and Tradition: Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue,” Calvin Theological Journal 49 (April 2014): 25-62.
  • “Over de Vreugde in the Theologie van Paus Franciscus,” Deel I, “Geloven in de Vreugde,” en Deel II, “Gods Krachtigste Wapen is het Kruis,” Katholiek Nieuwsblad, 28 Maart 2014, 12-13, 4 April 2014, 12-13. 
  • “The Accidental Protestant,” First Things, February, 2014, 41-45.
  • “Bavinck on the Family and Integral Human Development” (Review Essay of H. Bavinck’s The Christian Family), The Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 16, Number 1 (Spring 2013): 219–237.
  • “Loyal Orthodoxy”: Review essay of G. van den Brink and C. van der Kooi, Christelijke Dogmatiek: Een Inleiding, Calvin Theological Journal 48 (2013): 143-149.
  • “‘Reason, the Critical Criterion, is forever without Ground’: The Views of Karl R. Popper and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on a Theory of Rationality,” Sapientia Vol. LXIX, 234, 2013: 31-72.
  • “Divine Revelation and Foundationalism: Towards a Historically Conscious Foundationalism,” Josephinum Journal of Theology, Vol 19, no. 2 (2012): 1-39.
  • Lumen Gentium 16: Anonymous Christians, Pelagianism, and Islam,” Pro Rege 41, March (2012): 1-17. This article was written in response to Dr. John V. Fesko’s “Machen and the Gospel” Pro Rege 40.1 (September 2011): 18-27.
  • “The New Man: Nature, Sin and Grace in St. Paul,” in St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory, Edited by Jane Adolphe, Robert Fastiggi, and Michael Vacca (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), 91-112.
  • “The Philosophical Foundations of Bavinck and Dooyeweerd,” The Journal of Markets and Morality, 14 (Fall 2011): 463-483.
  • “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology: A Catholic Response to G.C. Berkouwer,” in Festschrift, Thriving in Babylon, Essays in Honor of A.J. Conyers (Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2011), 69-100.
  • “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology: A Catholic Response to Herman Bavinck,” Calvin Theological Journal 45 (2010): 87-116.
  • “Eucharistic Personalism,” in The Liturgical Subject: Subject, Subjectivity, and the Human Person in Contemporary Liturgical Discussion and Critique, edited by Dom James Leachman (London: SCM Press, 2007), 74-113.
  • “The Christian Faith as a Way of Life: In Appreciation of Francis Schaeffer” (On the 50th Anniversary of L’Abri Fellowship), Evangelical Quarterly 79.3 (2007), 241-252.
  • “Review Article: M.C. Smit, Towards a Christian Conception of History,” Nova et Vetera Vol. 4, No. 4 (Fall 2006): 923-932.
  • “Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Question of Relativism,” in Hermeneutics at the Crossroads, Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, et al. (Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006), 51-81.
  • “The Gospel of Redemptive Suffering: Reflections on John Paul II’s Salvifici Doloris,” in Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil, editor, Peter van Inwagen (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 111-147.
  • “Once Again, John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio,” Philosophia Reformata 69 (2004): 38-52.
  • “Fides et Ratio: The Catholic and the Calvinist, Prospects for Rapprochement,” Philosophia Reformata 65 (2000): 72-104.