Fr Aidan Nichols


 A. History of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Catholic Thought


The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger. An Introductory Study (Edinburgh 1988)
Reprinted as
The Thought of Benedict XVI. The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger
(London 2005; revised edition, London 2007).

Yves Congar (London 1989)

From Newman to Congar. The Idea of Doctrinal Development from the Victorians to the Second Vatican Council (Edinburgh 1990)

Dominican Gallery. Portrait of a Culture (Leominster 1997)

Catholic Thought since the Enlightenment. A Survey (Pretoria and Leominster 1998)

The Word Has Been Abroad. A Guide through Balthasar’s Aesthetics  (Edinburgh 1998)

No Bloodless Myth. A Guide through Balthasar’s Dramatics (Edinburgh 2000)

Say It Is Pentecost. A Guide through Balthasar’s Logic (Edinburgh 2001)

Scattering the Seed. A Guide through Balthasar's Early Writings on Philosophy and the Arts (London 2006)

Hopkins: Theologians's Poet. A Introduction , and a Commentary on Selected Poems (Ann Arbor, Mich., 2006).

Divine Fruitfulness. Balthasar's Theology beyond the Trilogy (London 2007)

Reason with Piety. Garrigou-Lagrange in the Service of Catholic Thought (Naples, FL., 2008)

G.K. Chesterton, Theologian (Manchester, NH., 2009)

From Hermes to Benedict XVI. Faith and Reason in Modern Catholic Thought (Leominster 2009)

Romance and System. The Theological Synthesis of Matthias Joseph Scheeben (Denver, CO, 2010)

A Key to Balthasar. Hans Urs von Balthasar on Beauty, Goodness, and Truth (London, 2011)


‘T. S. Eliot and Yves Congar on the Nature of Tradition’, Angelicum 61 (1984), pp. 473-485

‘Liberation Theology and the Holy See: A Question of Method’, New Blackfriars 65. 773 (1984), pp. 452-458

‘Balthasar and his Christology’, New Blackfriars 66. 781-2 (1985), pp. 317-324

‘John Henry Newman and the Illative Sense’, Scottish Journal of Theology 38. 3 (1985), pp. 347-368

‘Walter Kasper and his Theological Programme’, New Blackfriars 67. 787 (1986), pp. 16-24

‘G. K. Chesterton’s Argument for the Existence of God’, The Chesterton Review 12. 1 (1986), pp. 63-70

‘George Tyrrell and the Development of Doctrine’, New Blackfriars 67. 800 (1986), pp. 515-529

‘Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology of Political Ethics’, New Blackfriars 68. 808 (1987), pp. 380-392

‘Homage to Scheeben: 1888-1988’, The Month 249. 1452 (1988), pp. 1028-1031

‘An Yves Congar Bibliography, 1967-1987’, Angelicum 66 (1989), pp. 422-466

‘Yves Congar’, in D. Ford (ed.), The Modern Theologians (Oxford 1989), I., pp. 219-236

‘The Story of Praxis: Liberation Theology’s Philosophical Handmaid’, Religion in Communist Lands 17. 1 (1989), pp. 45-58

‘Gabriel Marcel, Philosopher of Mystery: A Centenary Appraisal’, New Blackfriars 70. 828 (1989), pp. 289-300

‘Modernism in English Perspective: The Petre-Vidler Correspondence of 1934’, The Chesterton Review 15, 1-2 (1989), pp. 117-138

‘Chesterton and Modernism’, The Chesterton Review 15, 1-2 (1989), pp. 157-174

‘The Rise and Fall of Liberation Theology? An Evaluative Chronicle’, New Blackfriars 72. 853 (1991), pp. 408-423

‘Maritain, Jacques’, Theologische Real-Enzyklopädie XXII (Berlin-New York 1992), pp. 162-164

‘Adrienne von Speyr and the Mystery of the Atonement’, New Blackfriars 73. 865 (1992), pp. 542-553

‘An Introduction to the Work of Johann Auer’, in J. Auer, The Church. The Universal Sacrament of Salvation (Et Washington 1993), pp. xxv-xxx

‘Littlemore from Lucerne: Newman’s Essay on Development in Balthasarian Perspective’, in I. Ker (ed.), Newman and Conversion (Edinburgh 1997), pp. 100-116

‘Christopher Dawson’s Catholic Setting’, in S. Caldecott (ed.), Christopher Dawson and the Catholic Idea of History (Edinburgh 1997), pp. 25-50

‘In the Catholic Tradition: Dom Columba Marmion (1858-1923)’, Priests and People 11. 7 (1997), pp. 283-288 

‘An Introduction to Balthasar’, New Blackfriars 79. 923 (1998), pp. 2-10

‘Conrad Pepler’s Lent’, New Blackfriars 79. 924 (1998), pp. 77-83

‘Préface’, Hans Urs von Balthasar. Parole et mystère chez Origène (Geneva 1998, 2nd edition), pp. 5-9

‘Odo Casel Revisited’,  Antiphon. A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 3. 1 (1998), pp. 12-20

‘“Lift up a Living Nation”: the Political Theology of Georges Bernanos’, New Blackfriars 79. 993 (1998), pp. 502-508

‘Von Balthasar’s Aims in his Theological Aesthetics’, Heythrop Journal XL (1999), pp. 409-423

‘Catholic Theology in Britain: The Scene since Vatican II’, New Blackfriars 80. 944 (1999), pp. 451-471

‘Thomism and the nouvelle théologie’, The Thomist 64 (2000), pp. 1-19

‘G. K. Chesterton as Moralist of Culture’, Saint Austin Review 1. 1 (2001), pp. 6-9, 25-27

‘Congar, Yves’; ‘Ratzinger, Joseph’; ‘Schillebeeckx, Edward’, in A. Hastings, A. Mason, and H. Pyper (eds.), The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought (Oxford 2001), pp. 128-129; 593-594; 642-643

‘Approaching the Eternal: Balthasar on Time’, Second Spring. A Journal of Faith and Culture, 2 (2002), pp. 43-49.

‘Pastor and Doctor: the Encyclicals of John Paul II’, in W Oddie (ed.), John Paul the Great. Maker of the Post-Conciliar Church (London 2003), pp. 169-186

‘The Theo-Logic’, in E. T. Oakes, S. J., and D. Moss (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar (Cambridge 2004), pp. 159-171.

'Avery Dulles: Theologian in the Church', Chicago Studies 47.2 (2008), pp. 135-155.

‘The Theology of Jean Daniélou: Epochs, Correspondences, and the Orders of the Real’, New Blackfriars 91. 1031 (2010), pp. 46-65.

‘The Christian as Doctor of the Church: the Case of G. K. Chesterton’, in W. Oddie (ed.), The Holiness of G. K. Chesterton (Leominster 2010), pp. 54-69.

B. History and Theology of the Eastern Churches


Theology in the Russian Diaspora. Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanas'ev, 1893-1966 (Cambridge 1989)

Rome and the Eastern Churches. A Study in Schism (Edinburgh 1991; revised edition San Francisco, 2010)

Byzantine Gospel. Maximus the Confessor in Modern Scholarship (Edinburgh 1993)

Light from the East. Authors and Themes in Orthodox Theology (London 1995)

Wisdom from Above. A Primer in the Theology of Father Sergei Bulgakov (Leominster 2005)


‘The Reception of St Augustine and his Work in the Byzantine-Slav Tradition’, Angelicum 64 (1987), pp. 437-452

‘The Horos of Nicaea II. A Theological Evaluation’, Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 20 (1988), pp. 171-181

‘Bulgakov and Sophiology’, Sobornost 13. 2 91991), pp. 17-31

‘Ekaterina Sienskaya Abrikosova, 1892-1936: A Dominican Uniate Foundress in the Old Russia’, New Blackfriars 72. 848 (1991), pp. 164-172

‘The Appeal to the Fathers in the Ecclesiology of Nikolai Afanas'ev’, Heythrop Journal, 33. 2 (1992), pp. 125-145; 247-266.

‘Nikolai Afanas'ev and the Byzantine Canonical Tradition’, Heythrop Journal 33.4 (1992), pp. 415-425

‘Icons: More than Art’, Priests and People 10. 1 (1996), pp. 30-31

‘A Catholic View of Orthodoxy’, New Blackfriars 77. 905 (1996), pp. 264-275

‘Solovyov and the Papacy: A Catholic Evaluation’, Communio XXIV. 1 (1997), pp. 143-159

‘Wisdom from Above? The Sophiology of Father Sergius Bulgakov’ New Blackfriars 85. 1000 (2004), pp. 598-613.

C. Other Work in Historical Theology


The Art of God Incarnate. Theology and Image in Christian Tradition (London 1980)

Holy Order. The Apostolic Ministry from the New Testament to the Second Vatican Council (Dublin 1990)

The Shape of Catholic Theology. An Introduction to its Sources, Principles and History (Collegeville, Minn. 1991)

A Grammar of Consent. The Existence of God in Christian Tradition (Notre Dame, Ind., 1991)

The Holy Eucharist. From the New Testament to Pope John Paul II (Dublin 1991)

The Panther and the Hind. A Theological History of Anglicanism (Edinburgh 1992)

Discovering Aquinas. An Introduction to his Life, Work and Influence (London 2002)


‘Anselm of Canterbury and the Language of Perfection’, Downside Review 103. 352 (1985), pp. 204-217

‘St Thomas Aquinas on the Passion of Christ: A Reading of Summa Theologiae IIIa., q. 46’, Scottish Journal of Theology 43 (1990), pp. 447-459

‘The Roman Primacy in the Ancient Irish and Anglo-Celtic Church’, in M. Maccarrone (ed.), Il primato del vescovo di Roma nel primo millenio. Ricerche e testimonianze (Vatican City 1991), pp. 437-449

‘Twenty-five Years On: A Catholic Commemoration of Karl Barth’, New Blackfriars 74. 877 (1993), pp. 538-549

‘Barth’s Theology of Revelation I: The Setting in Life’, Donwside Review 112. 388 (1994), pp. 153-163 

‘Barth’s Theology of Revelation II: Theology and Church’, Downside Review 113. 390 (1995), pp. 20-30

‘The Significance of the Rule of St Augustine for Dominicans’, Dominican Ashram 13. 3 (1994), pp. 112-125

‘Introduction’, Catena Aurea. Commentary on the four Gospels collected out of the works of the Fathers by St Thomas Aquinas [English translation first published in 1841, edited by John Henry Newman], (Southampton 1997), I., pp. V-XVII.

The Mariology of St. Thomas’, in T. Weinandy. D. Keating, J Yocum (eds.), Aquinas on Doctrine. A Critical Introduction (London and New York 2004), pp. 241-260.

'Hans Urs von Balthasar and Sergii Bulgakov on Holy Images', in W. van den Bercken and j. Sutton (eds.), Aesthetics as a Religious Factor in Eastern and Western Christianity (Leuven, Paris, Dudley, MA, 2005), pp. 1-24.

'St Thomas and the Sacramental Liturgy', The Thomist 72 (2008), pp. 1-23.

D. Other Theological Work


Scribe of the Kingdom. Essays on Theology and Culture (London 1994, two volumes)

The Splendour of Doctrine. The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Christian Believing (Edinburgh 1995)

Epiphany. A Theological Introduction to Catholicism (Collegeville, Minn., 1996)

Looking at the Liturgy. A Critical View of its Contemporary Form (San Francisco 1996)

The Service of Glory. The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Worship, Ethics, Spirituality (Edinburgh 1997)

Christendom Awake. On Re-energizing the Church in Culture (Edinburgh 1999)

Come to the Father. An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith (London 2000)

Beyond the Blue Glass. Catholic Essays on Faith and Culture (London 2002, two volumes)

A Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century (Huntington, Ind., 2003)

Lovely, like Jerusalem. The Fulfilment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church (San Francisco 2007)

Redeeming Beauty. Essays on Sacral Aesthetics (Aldershot 2007)

The Realm. An Unfashionable Essay on the Conversion of England (Oxford 2008)

Criticising the Critics. Catholic Apologias for Today (Oxford 2010)

The Poet as Believer. A Theological Study of Paul Claudel (Aldershot 2011)

Lost in Wonder. Essays on Liturgy and the Arts (Aldershot 2011)

The Latin Clerk. The Life, Work, and Travels of Adrian Fortescue (Cambridge, 2011)

Chalice of God. A Systematic Theology in Outline (Collegeville, Minn., 2012)


‘Imagination and Revelation: the Face of Christ in the Old Testament’, The Way 21. 4 (1981), pp. 270-277

‘Iconography’, in G. Wakefield (ed.), A Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (London 1983), pp. 204-205

‘Unity and Plurality in Theology. Lonergan’s Method and the Counter-claims of a theory of Paradigms’, Angelicum 67 (1985), pp. 30-52

Einigung der Kirchen: An Ecumenical Controversy’, One in Christ 21. 2 (1985), pp. 139-166

‘The Habit of Theology and How to Acquire It’, Downside Review 105. 361 (1987), pp. 247-259

‘What Theology Is’, New Blackfriars 69. 819 (1988), pp. 383-392

‘A British Commonwealth Dogmatics’, The Thomist 52. 1 (1988), pp. 96-123

Rex Gentium: History, Nationalism, Christ’, New Blackfriars 70. 833 (1989), pp. 541-552

‘Imaginative Eschatology: Benson’s The Lord of the World’, New Blackfriars 72. 845 (1991), pp. 4-8

‘The New Age Movement’, The Month (March 1992), pp. 84-89

‘Canterbury and Rome’, The Month (August 1992), pp. 306-310

‘The Recreation of Christendom’, Allen Review 11 (1994), pp. 17-20

Non tali auxilio: John Milbank’s Suasion to Orthodoxy’, New Blackfriars 73. 861 (1992), pp. 326-332; reprinted as ‘An Ecclesial Critique of Milbank’, in R. Gill (ed.), Theology and Sociology. A Reader (London 1996, 2nd edition), pp. 444-450

‘Sketch for a Christological Aesthetics’, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 1. 1 (1997), pp. 40-59

‘Grace and Disgrace; A Theological Reading of Geoffrey Hill’s Poetry’, Providence 3. 4 (1997), pp. 336-355

‘The Priest in History, and Mystery’, Homiletic and Pastoral Review XCVII (1997), 2, pp. 16-23; 3, pp. 53-59

‘Zion and Philistia: The Liturgy and Theological Aesthetics Today’, Downside Review 115. 398 (1997), pp. 53-73

‘Marco cultural de la Teología’, in J. Morales et al (eds.),Cristo y el Dios de los cristianos. Hacia una comprehensión actual de la teología (Pamplona 1998), pp. 49-60

‘A Beginner’s Guide to Militant Islam’, New Blackfriars 79. 026 (1998), pp. 177-186

‘The Theological Virtue of Hope’, in R. J. S. Brown (ed.), The Gift of Hope. A Symposium to Mark the Year of the Holy Spirit (Oxford 1998), pp. 7-20.

‘Hymns Ancient and Modern: Catherine Pickstock’s After Writing’, Communio XXVI. 2 (1999), pp. 429-445

‘The Themes of the Bimillennium’, in The Third Millennium and the Catholic Church in Iceland (Reykjavik 1999), pp. 7-23  

‘The Lutheran-Catholic Agreement on Justification: Botch or Breakthrough?’, New Blackfriars 82. 967 (2001), pp. 375-388

‘Dominican Spirituality’, in S. J. Costello (ed.), The Search for Spirituality.  Seven Paths within the Catholic Tradition (Dublin 2002), pp. 135-157

‘A Revelation to Transmit: the Magisterial Project’, in J. Redford (ed.), Hear, O Islands. Theology and Catechesis in the New Millennium (Dublin 2002), pp. 152-164.

‘Revelation, Tradition and the Liturgy’, in Auctores varii, Faith and Liturgy. The Proceedings of the Seventh International Colloquium of Historical, Canonical and Theological Studies on the Roman Catholic Liturgy (London 2002), pp. 155-168.

‘Salutary Dissatisfaction: an English View of “Reforming the Reform”’, = Appendix IV in T. M. Kocik,
The Reform of the Reform. A Liturgical Debate: Reform or Return? (San Francisco 2003), pp. 195-210

‘The Bishop as Bridegroom of his Church: a Roman Catholic Contribution’, in J. Baker (ed.), Consecrated Women? A Contribution to the Women Bishops Debate (Norwich 2004), pp. 157-163

‘The Holy Oblation: on the Primacy of Eucharistic Sacrifice’, Downside Review 122.429 (2004), pp. 259-272

'The Holy Oblation: on the Primacy of Eucharistic Sacrifice', Downside Review 122.429 (2004), pp. 259-272

'Anglican Uniatism: A Personal View', New Blackfriars 87. 1010 (2006), pp.337-356

'Integral Evangelization', Josephinum 13. 1 (2006), pp.66-80

'The Dominicans and the Journal
L'Art sacré' New Blackfriars 88. 1013 (2007), pp. 25-45

'The English Dominican Social Tradition', in F. Compagnoni, O.P., and H. Alford, O.P. (eds.),
Preaching Justice. Dominican Contributions to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century (Dublin 2007), pp.. 394-441

'Christianity, Secularisation and Islam', Standpoint 2 (2008), pp. 44-47

'Archi-liturgical Culture Wars', New Blackfriars 89. 1023 (2008), pp. 522-542.

‘Vatican II, Culture, and the Gospel of Life’, in R. Whinder (ed.), Proclaiming the Gospel of Life (London 2009), pp. 21-34.

‘What is Happening on the Intellectual Scene in England?’, Nova et Vetera, English Edition, 7. 3 (2009), pp. 569-577.

‘A Theological Perspective on Church Music’, Usus Antiquior I. 1 (2010), pp. 26-38.

‘Eucharistic Theology and the Rite of Mass’, Mass of Ages 162 (2009), pp. 4-8.

‘An Anglican Future in the Catholic Church’, New Directions 13. 183 (2010), pp. 4-6.

‘Is the Theotokos the Co-redemptrix?’, in A. M. Laato (ed.), Neitsyt Maria – Israelin tytär ja kristittyjen äiti. Studier i exegetik och judaistik utgivna av Teologiska fakulteten vid Åbo Akademi, 8 (Åbo 2010), pp. 56-76.

Version: 7th October 2011


Fr Aidan Nichols