By Martin Rhonheimer
We all agree that modern society needs change: from the economy, to public morality, to laws protecting marriage and the unborn. But what will the new society look like, exactly? The opponents of Christianity often conjure dark images (mostly mythical) of theocracies, complete with witch-hunts, conversions-at-the-sword, and forced morality. But this is obviously not the change that the Church seeks. On the other hand, how can there be a re-Christianization of society in an age of tolerance and plurality?
Renowned theologian Martin Rhonheimer tackles these questions head-on as he explains the message of Opus Dei, placing it in a historical context that illuminates its radical implications for modern Christians. He relates this message to broader developments within the Catholic Church, particularly since Vatican II, that will have vital importance for the future: the relationship of Church and State, the importance of religious liberty as a basic human right, and the role of the laity in the evangelization of culture. These insights, sometimes surprising, will help all Christians to bring Christ to the public forum transforming the world from within.
Martin Rhonheimer was born in 1950 (Zürich, Switzerland), studied History, Philosophy, Political Science and Theology in Zürich and Rome. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Zürich. In 1983 he was ordained a Catholic priest (incardinated in the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei). Between 1972 and 1978 he was an assistant to Professor Hermann Lübbe, at Zürich University; from 1981 to 1982 he was a Research Assistant with Professor Otfried Höffe at the University of Fribourg. He then worked together with Professor Wolfgang Kluxen from the University of Bonn with a scholarship from the Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. He is currently Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. In addition to his scholarly activity, he was also dedicated to pastoral work in Zürich and Fribourg, and currently in Vienna. Martin Rhonheimer is a member of the Editorial Boards of The American Journal of Jurisprudence (Notre Dame Law School) and member of the scientific board of Acta Philosophica (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross). In 2002 he was appointed as a corresponding academician to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and in 2013 he was elected as a member of the Friedrich A. von Hayek Gesellschaft. He is also cofounder and member of the Lord Acton Kreis and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
In 2014 he founded in Vienna, together with other people, the Austrian Institute of Economics and Social Philosophy (http://austrian-institute.org). He is currently living in Vienna.