The Aquinas Center for Theology Renewal: Dr. Matthew Levering Awarded 2016 Veritas Medal

The Aquinas Center for Theology Renewal: Dr. Matthew Levering Awarded 2016 Veritas Medal

The Aquinas Center for Theology Renewal Announces Dr. Matthew Levering as the 2016 Recipient of the Veritas Medal

At the start of the Master Seminar weeked, there was a ceremony for the renowned Dr. Matthew Levering where he was presented with the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal’s Veritas Medal by Drs. Roger Nutt and Michael Dauphinais. Dr. Nutt began introducing us to Dr. Levering by giving us a small sample from his very lengthy curriculum vitae. A prolific writer, Dr. Levering has made a name for himself by engaging with modern and contemporary authors and bringing their insights and questions into conversation with St. Thomas and Scripture.

Here is a small sample of some of his more than twenty published monographs:

  • Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Love and Gift in the Trinity and the Church (Baker Academic, 2015).
  • Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth (Baker Academic, 2016).
  • Was the Reformation a Mistake?  Why Catholic Doctrine is Not Unbiblical,  With a response by Kevin Vanhoozer (Zondervan, 2017).  
  • Participatory Biblical Exegesis: A Theology of Biblical Interpretation  (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008).
  • Ezra and Nehemiah: A Theological Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007). 
  • Sacrifice and Community: Jewish Offering and Christian Eucharist (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).

Additionally, Dr. Levering has co-edited eighteen books. Examples include the following:

  • Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas, Co-edited with Michael Dauphinais (The Catholic University of America Press, 2012).
  • The Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, Co-edited with Gilles Emery, O.P.   (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology, Co-edited with Hans Boersma (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • The Reception of Vatican II, Co-edited with Fr. Matthew Lamb (Oxford University Press, 2017).

[Dr. Dauphinais (left) presents the Veritas Medal to Dr. Levering (right).] 

Dr. Levering’s academic credentials are proportionately impressive: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.T.S., Duke University, Ph.D. Boston College. Dr. Levering currently holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Previous appointments include: associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University, Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, and professor of theology at University of Dayton. More locally, Dr. Levering played a central role in starting the Graduate Theology Programs at Ave Maria University. Dr. Levering is likewise one of the founders, along with Michael Dauphinais, and editors of the English language Nova et Veteraacademic journal. In these, and in many other ways, Dr. Levering has shown himself to be an important and positive influence on contemporary Theology. Accordingly, Dr. Levering was awarded the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal’s Veritas Medal.

Dr. Levering’s long list of achievements makes it clear that he is rightly reckoned to be in the company of other notable recipients such as Russell Hittinger, Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP, Janet Smith, and Avery Cardinal Dulles, among others.

N.B. The Veritas Medal honors an eminent Catholic thinker whose career reflects the Aquinas Center’s goal to foster the search for truth. Since the attainment of truth is a participation in the Wisdom of Christ, the Veritas Medal serves to recognize those who have instantiated, in their lives and work, the integration of faith and reason. Drs. Michael Dauphinais, Steven Long, and Roger Nutt serve as the Co-Directors of the Aquinas Center for Theological Revewal.

[Below, Dr. Nutt introduces Dr. Levering to the Graduate Students and Faculty.]