6. John Courtney Murray's American Stories

Michael J. Schuck

in Finding God in All Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228089
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236954 | DOI:
6. John Courtney Murray's American Stories

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John Courtney Murray had a profound understanding of where he was—and the story behind it. Born of Irish and Scottish immigrants in 1904, Murray had a vivid, first- generation knowledge of the American immigrant saga and the religious world of Roman Catholicism. This chapter highlights the important relationship between Murray's consciousness of the American proposition and the Murray family's own immigrant roots in New York City. It gives us a unique perspective on how the lived experience of the Catholic immigrant story of America—with its accounts of freedom, courage, and hard work—nurtured the ground from which Murray builds his understanding of a public theology. It argues that the pillars of Murray's theology focused on an immigrant's vision: human freedom, the courage to open up to genuine dialogue, and the hard work it would take to maintain it.

Keywords: John Courtney Murray; immigrants; New York City; America; Catholicism; freedom; courage; dialogue; theology

Chapter.  3361 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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