Is this the best we’ve got?
The Catholic Hall of Fame’s Greatest American Catholic intellectuals, in the order of their birth:
- Orestes Brownson (1803–1876)
- John Courtney Murray (1904-1967)
- John Senior (1923-1999)
- Avery Dulles (1918-2008)
- James Schall (1928-)
- Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)
- Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009)
- Mary Anne Glendon (1938-)
- George Weigel (1951-)
- Robert P. George (1955-)
Of the above, Brownson is the only one I would call a thinker of any importance. I admit that R. J. Neuhaus had great writing style and a talent for organization, but George Weigel? That’s just embarrassing. Can’t we come up with a better list of names?
Maybe not. Actually, it’s not clear to me that a top ten list of American intellectuals of any religion would be much more impressive. This is, after all, the country that regards John Dewey as its great philosopher.
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