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Christocentrism and the Philosophy of History
Eugene Kevane

Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Savior, our only hope. St. Peter in Acts 4.12 puts it plainly: ‘Of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’ Who else will raise us on the Last Day?

“Jesus Christ is ‘The Redeemer of Man,’ as the present Successor of St. Peter explains fully in his first Encyclical. ‘Revelation tells of a creating and redeeming God,’ Pope John Paul II says in his Apostolic Exhortation on Catechetics, ‘whose Son has come among us in our flesh, and enters not only into each individual’s personal history, but into human history itself, becoming its Center.’

“Therefore, Jesus Christ is the Lord of History. Therefore, this book concerns not just scholars, not just novices and seminarians, not just catechists, not just priests and religious, but every Catholic and indeed every Christian in all the Churches.”

As special consultant to Elias Friedman, OCD, Msgr. Kevane was responsible for getting the Association of Hebrew Catholics started in the United States. Both men shared the view that a major sign of our times was the historic apostasy of the once-Christian Gentile peoples. Msgr. Kevane gave us The Lord of History as his study of this apostasy.

“Kevane’s book is a magnificent study of a subject foreign to the education of most priests. Academically, it is perfect in its presentation of a recondite subject, the philosophy or theology of history. Its style is distinguished by a clarity without shadows. In particuar, the way Kevane has isolated ‘modernity’ for critical analysis is a tribute to his intellectual orginalty.”  Elias Friedman OCD, (

“Msgr. Eugene Kevane was engaged in catechetical teaching of all types and levels from the very beginning of his ordination. After doing doctoral studies in the filed of Christian Philosophy, he as for some years Dean of the School of Education at the Catholic University of America in WashingtonDC. In 1969 he was appointed Founding Director of the Notre Dame Pontifical Catechetical Institute, Middleburg, Virginia. In 1971 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Catechetics at the Angelicum University in Rome, and in 1974 Professor of Catechetics at Saint John’s University in New York City. Msgr. Eugene Kevane died on November 20, 1996.”  [From the cover]


I. History and Philosophy in the Classical Culture
II. Hebrew and Christian Historical Understanding
III. The Patristic Understanding of History
IV. The Modern View of History
V. The Emergence of Post-Modern Thinking
VI. The Philosophy of History in Christian Philosophy
VII. Modernity as Apostasy from God
VIII. Intellectual Victory over Modernism
IX. The Lord of History and His Parousia
Epilogue: The Centenary of Aeterni Patris

Imprimatur: Humberto Cardinal Medeiros
Archbishop of Boston

Nihil Obstat: Rev. Richard V. Lawlor, SJ

Daughters of St. Paul, ©1980
Permission to republish granted to The Miriam Press in 2010
Republished by The Miriam Press, 2017, Softcover, 140 pages