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Murray, John Courtney (1904–1967)

  1. Elizabeth A. Barre

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0957

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Barre, E. A. 2011. Murray, John Courtney (1904–1967). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


American Jesuit theologian, and political theorist, John C. Murray was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended a Jesuit high school in Manhattan and entered the New York Province of the Society of Jesus when he was 16. Over the next 13 years, he studied at Weston, Boston, and Woodstock Colleges. After he was ordained in 1933, he studied sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and received his doctorate in 1937. He then returned to Woodstock College, where he taught dogmatic theology and edited the popular Jesuit periodical Theological Studies for the remainder of his life.


  • Murray, John Courtney (1904–1967);
  • American Jesuit theologian, political theorist;
  • nature of religious pluralism;
  • dignitatis humanae, defining feature of Murray's legacy