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Msgr. Charles R. Meyer

Father Meyer teaches systematic theology from a Thomistic methodology.  He has written on grace, religious experience and the priesthood.  A particular interest of his is religion and science.  He studies the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Karl Rahner.  Full Bio


The Touch of God: A Theological Analysis of Religious Experience. 

The most important matter of concern for theologians today, as always, is the existence of God. Theologians of the past have relied upon rational proofs for God's existence, especially those based on an analysis of contingency and causality. These Thomistic proofs served their purpose in a culture that was permeated with philosophical orientations and metaphysical argumentation. But such logical arguments seem to have lost their relevance in our technological age. Many people today are looking to religion not so much for spiritual guidance, counseling or psychotherapy as for some kind of experience of the mystery which is God. Individuals seeking meaning and hope in their lives are not comforted by a God described as the Necessary Cause or Unmoved Mover. Rather they seek to experience the presence of the personal and loving God of Biblical revelation and the Judeo-Christian tradition. They search for signs of the divine presence in their daily life experiences. This problematic of identifying God's presence in an experience may necessitate the construction of an entirely new theological methodology radically different from the traditional one which proceeded largely by way of rational analysis. Realizing this, Father Meyer analyzes, from the theological point of view, the experience of God's presence in daily life and surveys the criteria and norms by which that experience can be identified as being of divine origin. He also includes an analysis of the fundamental yet often forgotten role of the Holy Spirit in religious experience, thereby exploring the basis of the current Pentecostal movement.

 Wipf and Stock, 2002, 164 pages


A Contemporary Theology of Grace. 

For many Christians, traditional theology is a rather dull, if not a dead subject. This neither proves that modern people have lost their awareness of God nor their interest in theology; it merely indicates that theologians, by and large, have been speaking in their own tongue to fellow theologians and both what and how they have been saying it seem rather irrelevant to the educated Christian.  This is particularly true of the doctrine of grace, especially when presented in the garb of scholasticism which overemphasizes the rational at the expense of the empirical. This book is a new beginning; it is an invitation to explore and develop new perspectives and to make a focal doctrine more vital and more intelligible to our times. In explaining grace - God's loving presence and [human] transformation in it - the author displays a profound understanding of the religious moods, culture and needs of our time, as well as an expert knowledge of scriptural, patristic, theological and modern ideas on the subject. Here is a relevant, seminal and eminently readable study for all those interested in a vibrant theology for today and tomorrow.

Wipf and Stock, 2002, 256 pages


Man of God: A Study of Priesthood

Man of God is a synthetic study of the priesthood.  Father Meyer offers a description of the essential elements of the priesthood with the eye to what it must be to effectively engage today’s world.  In fact, living in today’s works is an overarching theme in Father Meyer’s writing.  The contribution of this book is precisely its synthetic quality, taking material which is well known to any who study the field, but offering an analysis after which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  Unafraid of history, and especially some of the unfortunate episodes involving some priests, the author, nevertheless traces the evolution of the priesthood through the various eras with eyes firmly fixed on the adaptations needed to serve the needs of Christ’s faithful. 

Wipf and Stock, 2002, 170 pages


 The Thomistic Conception of Justifying Contrition


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