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2008.09.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Writes Book About Late Pope John Paul II

Omaha - Carson Holloway, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has written a book about the late Pope John Paul II.

In “The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity,” Holloway examines the fundamental philosophers of modernity—from Hobbes to Toqueville—to demonstrate that John Paul II’s critique of modernity is intended not to reject, but to improve.

"I wrote the book because I have always been interested in the mutual influence of religious and secular political theory,” Holloway said. “I hope the book will be useful to anyone interested in Christian social thought, modern political thought or the intellectual background to the continuing debate about what religion contributes to public life in a modern society."

Holloway explains the pope's profound critique of the individualism and materialism that informs much modern political thought and practice. Nevertheless, he also finds that John Paul II did not understand himself simply as an opponent of modernity, and that his critique is tempered by an appreciation for the positive achievements of the developed west and a genuine sympathy for its best aspirations.

Holloway received his doctorate from Northern Illinois University. He is assistant professor of Political Science at UNO and a former William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Editor’s Note: Holloway can be reached at cholloway@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-4862.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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