A TALLAGHT BOOK OF THEOLOGY
Watchmen Raise Their Voices
Edited by Vivian Boland OP
This collection of essays marks 150 years of
study and reflection since the Irish Dominicans founded their
Priory in Tallaght in south County Dublin. For most of that time,
St Mary’s served as the house of studies for the province.
Over the past four years it has developed a new outreach, as
the Priory Institute, offering courses in philosophy and theology
by distance learning.
Opening essays are on the text of the Bible, on the formation
of the Gospels, and on the experience of exile and migration in
the lives of Jesus and Paul. There are chapters on Dominican theology
and spirituality, drawing on the classic writings of Aquinas, the
sermons of Meister Eckhart, and the wisdom found in the Order’s
800 years of development.
We read also about the art and craft of preaching, and
the difficulties and possibilities of speaking in situations
of distress, alienation and affliction. Chapters are included
on moral theology as explored in the Dominican tradition, on
the contribution and limitations of law, and on Church-State
relations, particularly in Ireland.
In the contemporary situation in which religion, faith,
and theology are regarded with increasing suspicion, these
essays are a timely reminder of the healing, civilising and
ultimately saving character of the Word of God revealed in
Jesus of Nazareth.