Rev. Professor Jerzy Lewandowski, PhD Hab.

Born in Ostró­da.

1968–1974 — stud­ied the­ol­o­gy at the Warmia “Hosianum” Sem­i­nary in Olsz­tyn and the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Sem­i­nary in War­saw;

1976–1980 — stud­ied the­ol­o­gy at the Depart­ment of The­ol­o­gy, Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Lublin;

1980–1983 — d’Etat doc­tor­ate at the Fac­ul­ty of The­ol­o­gy, Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of the Human­i­ties, Stras­burg (now the Marc Bloch Uni­ver­si­ty); grant hold­er of the French gov­ern­ment;

1975 — mas­ter of the­ol­o­gy at the Depart­ment of The­ol­o­gy, Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Lublin on the basis of his the­sis enti­tled The Office of Capit­u­lar Curate (super­vi­sor: Rev. Pro­fes­sor Paweł Pał­ka);

1980 — doc­tor of dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy on the basis of his the­sis: The Nation in the His­to­ry of Sal­va­tion Accord­ing to the Teach­ings of Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki (super­vi­sor: Rev. Pro­fes­sor Czesław Bart­nik, review­ers: Bish­op Pro­fes­sor Edward Ozorows­ki, Rev. Pro­fes­sor Lud­wik Szafrańs­ki);

1988 — post­doc­tor­al degree (habil­i­ta­tion) in The­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences (dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy) grant­ed on the basis of his book The Eucharist — Sacra­ment of the Per­son and the Com­mu­ni­ty in the Teach­ings of Pri­mate Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki, ODISS, War­saw, 1988 and his research achieve­ments (review­ers: Rev. Pro­fes­sor Czesław Bart­nik, S. Pro­fes­sor Zofia Zdy­bic­ka and Rev. Pro­fes­sor Alfons Skowronek);

2002 — Pro­fes­sor of The­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences on the basis of his book God and Mankind, Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki Uni­ver­si­ty Press, War­saw 2001 and his research achieve­ments (review­ers: Rev. Pro­fes­sor Luc­jan Bal­ter, Bish­op Pro­fes­sor Jan Szla­ga and Fr. Pro­fes­sor Tadeusz Dion­izy Łukaszuk);

2004 — full pro­fes­sor.

Career:

1974–1976 — curate in Zduny, Żyrardów and Pod­kowa Leś­na;

1983–1989 — curate of Cor­pus Christi Parish, War­saw;

1983–1990 — lec­tur­er in dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy (post­doc­tor­al fel­low since 1987), School of Catholic The­ol­o­gy at the St. John the Bap­tist Sem­i­nary, War­saw;

1990–1997 — assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Papal The­o­log­i­cal Fac­ul­ty in Wrocław and Head of the Chair of Dog­mat­ic The­ol­o­gy II. Lec­tur­er in dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy (“De gra­tia” trea­tise) at the High­er Met­ro­pol­i­tan Sem­i­nary in Wrocław; Lec­tur­er in dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy at the Gorzów Wielkopol­s­ki branch of the papal The­o­log­i­cal Fac­ul­ty in Wrocław;

1997–1998 — post­doc­tor­al fel­low at the Depart­ment of The­ol­o­gy, Acad­e­my of Catholic The­ol­o­gy, War­saw (now the Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki Uni­ver­si­ty) and since 1998 — Head of the Chair of Fun­da­men­tal Pas­toral The­ol­o­gy;

Since 1997 — pro­fes­sor at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music, War­saw;

Since 2000 — Head of the Chair of Con­tem­po­rary The­ol­o­gy — Dog­mat­ic Sec­tion, Depart­ment of The­ol­o­gy, Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki Uni­ver­si­ty;

Since 2007 — Head of the Dog­mat­ic The­ol­o­gy Sec­tion, Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki Uni­ver­si­ty, War­saw.

Rev. Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Lewandows­ki is a mem­ber of the Pol­ish Dog­ma­tists’ Asso­ci­a­tion and the Pol­ish Canon­ists’ Asso­ci­a­tion, the Sci­en­tif­ic Board of the jour­nal “Teolo­gia i Człowiek” [The­ol­o­gy and man], the UMK Depart­ment of The­ol­o­gy Bien­ni­al, the Pol­ish Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tion­al The­o­log­i­cal Review “Com­mu­nio”. He has col­lab­o­rat­ed con­tin­u­al­ly with “Peter Lang” Sci­en­tif­ic Pub­lish­ers in Switzer­land since 1981, large­ly as a peer review­er of arti­cles on the­ol­o­gy.

He has par­tic­i­pat­ed in numer­ous con­gress­es and sym­posia, for exam­ple the Inter­na­tion­al Mar­i­o­log­i­cal Con­gress in Keve­laer (Ger­many) where he pre­sent­ed the paper Car­di­nal Ste­fan Wyszyński’s Mar­i­ol­o­gy pri­or to Vat­i­can II; the Inter­na­tion­al Mar­i­o­log­i­cal Con­gress in Huel­va (Spain) where he pre­sent­ed the paper in French Volonte de l’Amour et du Sens. Mar­i­al­ité du Pri­mat Ste­fan Wyszyńs­ki — essai théologique et ascé­tique.

Rev. Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Lewandows­ki has super­vised numer­ous BA and MA the­ses and 33 PhD the­ses.

Research accomplishments:

Rev. Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Lewandows­ki con­ducts research in the fol­low­ing dog­mat­ic areas: the Tri­une God, the mys­tery of Incar­na­tion and Redemp­tion, eccle­si­ol­o­gy, sacra­men­tol­ogy, the­ol­o­gy of earth­ly real­i­ties, ecu­menism.

He is try­ing to demon­strate that, rather than being two par­al­lel real­i­ties, God and man are insep­a­ra­bly and inde­struc­tibly relat­ed. This rela­tion orig­i­nat­ed the moment God cre­at­ed man and woman and was com­plet­ed in Jesus Christ’s redemp­tion. He keeps track of how peo­ple under­stand the ever alive and time­ly rela­tion­ship between God and mankind. He views the sacra­ments avail­able and vis­i­ble in the Catholic Church as the prop­er way to expe­ri­ence this rela­tion­ship. He stud­ies dog­mat­ic issues in their rela­tion with human earth­ly real­i­ty. He is cur­rent­ly work­ing on earth­ly real­i­ty as it relates to the Bible.

The present cri­sis of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture is root­ed in the des­e­cra­tion of every sphere of human activ­i­ty: polit­i­cal, social, sci­en­tif­ic and eco­nom­ic. The world today is in the process of glob­al­iza­tion which began in the cul­tur­al sphere and is now spread­ing to every oth­er sphere of human activ­i­ty. The Bible is a reli­gious book of hope. It tells us about God or rather God tells us about Him­self through the Bible. By seek­ing ref­er­ences between the Bible and real­i­ty he is try­ing to demon­strate that the Bible may act as the foun­da­tion of moral­i­ty for con­tem­po­rary men and women. This means that men and women are called to holi­ness and that it is pos­si­ble to edu­cate believ­ers by show­ing them the bib­li­cal fig­ures of Moses and the Cho­sen Peo­ple.

Rev. Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Lewandows­ki also stud­ies anoth­er impor­tant con­tem­po­rary area, i.e., char­i­ty as the imple­men­ta­tion of the norm of social sol­i­dar­i­ty inher­ent in the new Tes­ta­ment.

The con­se­quence of these the­o­log­i­cal stud­ies is the pre­sen­ta­tion of the trau­ma of suf­fer­ing and death as an ele­ment of spir­i­tu­al trans­for­ma­tion and a stage on the road to sal­va­tion. These stud­ies always refer to bib­li­cal dog­mat­ic the­ol­o­gy which is seek­ing its place in the con­tem­po­rary the­ol­o­gy of earth­ly real­i­ty. Chris­tian­i­ty is striv­ing to prove that Jesus Christ is the Mas­ter of time and space (Ap. 5), that He Him­self is a Cen­tre of time and space and that he has deprived them of their idol sta­tus. This is why he also stud­ies time and space because every reli­gion has its own way of con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing time. The Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian con­cepts are thought to be the most orig­i­nal and cor­rect ones.

e-mail: jerzylewandowski@interia.pl


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