Tomáš Halík (born June 1, 1948 in Prague) is a Czech public intellectual, Roman Catholic priest, and scholar.
Biography [ edit ]
He studied sociology and philosophy in
Prague and in Bangor, UK. During Communist rule, he was banned from teaching and worked in various occupations, e.g. as a psychotherapist for drug addicts and alcoholics. He studied theology clandestinely in Prague, and in 1978 he was secretly ordained as a Catholic priest in Germany. Before 1989 he was active in the so-called "underground church", and in the 1980s he was a close associate of Cardinal František Tomášek.
He often publicly discusses ethical issues, such as racism, political and religious intolerance, the process of
secularisation, as well as the process of European expansion and integration. As a visiting fellow, he held lectureships at both Oxford University and the Cambridge University. He was one of the external advisors of former Czech president Václav Havel.
Tomáš Halík is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the
European Society for Catholic Theology, the International Society for the Psychology of Religion, Washington-based Czechoslovak Society for Science and the Arts etc. In 2010, his book “Patience with God” (Vzdáleným nablízku: vášeň a trpělivost v setkání víry s nevírou) was named book of the month by the U.S. [1 ] Catholic Book Club and was awarded Europe’s best theological book prize. [2 ] [3 ]
Honors, Awards, Prizes [ edit ]
1997: Prize for literature and creative activity (the Masaryk Academy of Art)
2002: Andrew Elias Human Tolerance Award “for outstanding services in disseminating the values of tolerance and spiritual and intellectual freedom”
2003: Cardinal König Prize (for outstanding merits for spiritual freedom), Austria
2007: Prize for literature (Czech National literary Fund, Prague) – for the best book of the year 2006
2007: Feniks – Polish prize for Literature, for the best book of foreign author
2007: Prize of Czech and Slovak Society for Art and Science - for literary, scholarly and pedagogical activity, Prague
2010: Romano Guardini Prize - for „outstanding merits in interpreting contemporary world and society“, Germany
2010: Award for interreligious and intercultural dialogue (Islamic society Mosaika-Platform, Prague)
2010: The Golden Medal of St. Adalbert, Prague
2011: Honorary title “Man of Reconciliation 2010” for the outstanding merits for dialogue between Christians and Jews, Poland
Publications [ edit ]
O přítomnou církev a společnost (For Present Church and Society). Prague: Křesťanská akademie, 1992. (Essays from 1989-91.)
Sedm úvah o službě nemocným a trpícím (Seven Meditations about Serving the Diseased and Suffering). Brno: Cesta, 1993.
Víra a kultura (Faith And Culture). Prague: Zvon, 1995.
Ptal jsem se cest (I Asked The Roads). Prague: Portál, 1997. (Interviews with Jan Jandourek.)
Co je bez chvění, není pevné (There is No Firmness Without Trembling). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2002.
Oslovit Zachea (Addressing Zacheus). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2003.
Vzýván i nevzýván (Both Called And Not Called). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2004.
Noc zpovědníka (Confessor‘s Night). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2005.
Prolínání světů (Overlaps of worlds). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2006.
Vzdáleným nablízku. (Close to the remote) Prague: Lidové noviny, 2007. (Translated into English as "Patience with God")
Dotkni se ran. Prague: Lidové noviny, 2008.
Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing in Us. Doubleday, 2009.
Stromu zbývá naděje. Prague: Lidové noviny, 2009.
Geduld mit Gott (Die Geschichte von Zachäeus heute). Freiburg: Herder, 2010.
Divadlo pro anděly. Prague: Lidové noviny, 2010.
Smířená různost. Prague: Portál, 2011. (Interviews with Tomasz Dostatni)
Úvahy na prahu tisíciletí (Ranní zamyšlení na vlnách BBC). Prague: Lidové noviny, 2011.
Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. Doubleday, 2012.
Chci, abys byl. Prague: Lidové noviny, 2012.
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