Early Modern Catholic Sources

A New Book Series from CUA Press

Edited by Ulrich L. Lehner and Trent Pomplun

Scholars and students have been blessed with a wealth of patristic and medieval texts in translation, but the theological writings of early modern Catholicism are largely unknown, even to professional historians, philosophers, and theologians. The Catholic University of America Press is pleased to announce a new series, Early Modern Catholic Sources, edited by Ulrich L. Lehner of the University of Notre Dame and Trent Pomplun of Loyola University Maryland. This series—the only one of its kind—will provide translations of early modern Catholic texts of theological interest written between 1450 and 1800.

The first volume, Dylan Schrader’s translation of the opening disputations of the Christology of the Discalced Carmelites of the University at Salamanca was published in 2019 and is available for sale. Interested scholars may contact the Press or the series editors for proposal guidelines.

Future volumes under contract include:

Francisco Suarez, Metaphysical Disputation I: On the Nature of First Philosophy or Metaphysics. Translated and annotated, with corrected Latin text, by Shane Duarte.

The Catholic Enlightenment: A Global Anthology. Edited by Ulrich L. Lehner and Shaun Blanchard.

Cornelius Jansen, The Predestination of Human Beings and Angels. Translated by Guido Stucco.

Francisco Suarez, Metaphysical Disputation II. Translated and annotated, with corrected Latin text, by Shane Duarte.

Francisco Suarez, Metaphysical Disputations III-IV. Translated and annotated, with corrected Latin text, by Shane Duarte.

“The project of Early Modern Catholic Sources answers a pressing need. On the one hand, recent research has demonstrated the importance of 16th and 17th century theological works, not only for Church history, but for a whole range of fields: the history of political ideas, of economic thought, of international law, of sexuality etc. On the other hand, this enormous corpus remains barely read first hand, except by a handful of specialists.”
— Jean-Louis Quantin,  Professor of the History of Early Modern Scholarship at the Sorbonne (EPHE/PSL) and author of The Church of England and Christian Antiquity (OUP 2009).

“Early modern scholarship on philosophy and epistemology has suffered greatly due to lack of easy access by undergraduate and graduate students (and professors too) to annotated and contextualized translations of early-modern Catholic theologians.  I applaud this initiative.”
— Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin and author of How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford 2001).

“This series has the potential to make the kind of difference that the Sources Chretienne made in the 20th century. Given its long tradition of publishing The Fathers of the Church series, it is fitting the CUA Press will provide such a service to the Church’s theological memory.”
—Michael Root, Professor of Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America

About the Editors

Ulrich L. Lehner

(Dr. theol., University of Regensburg; Dr. phil. habil. (History), CEU Budapest) is William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and serves on the advisory board of  the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of Baroque Studies, the Oxford Handbooks of Religion-Series, and the Institute for Baroque Studies in Malta. Lehner has written or edited 25 books, including Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740-1803 (OUP 2011), The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement (OUP 2016), God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living for (Ave Maria Press 2017), and (coeditor of) The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 (OUP 2016).

Trent Pomplun

(PhD., Religious Studies, University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, author of Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito Desideri’s Mission to Tibet (OUP 2010), and co‐editor of John Duns Scotus: The Report of the Paris Lecture (Reportatio IV‐A) (Franciscan Institute Press, 2016).

Editorial Board

  • Paul Richard Blum (Loyola University Maryland, Professor of Philosophy)
  • Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (University of Texas at Austin, Professor of History)
  • Wim DeCock (KU Leuven, Full time research professor in Roman Law and Legal History)
  • Simon Ditchfield (University of York, Professor of Early Modern History)
  • Carlos Eire (Yale University, Professor of History & Religious Studies)
  • Marco Forlivesi (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Associate Professor of History of Philosophy)
  • Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of English)
  • Felipe Pereda (Harvard University, Professor of Spanish Art)
  • Jean-Louis Quantin (École pratique des hautes études (PSL)–Sorbonne, Professor of the History of Early Modern Scholarship)
  • Erin Rowe (Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor of History)
  • Jacob Schmutz (University of Paris–Sorbonne, UFR de Philosophie et Sociologie)
  • Jean-Luc Solère (Boston College, Associate Professor of Philosophy)