M.A. Niagara University
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago
EDWARD “JOE” HOLLAND III, PH.D. is an eco-philosopher and Catholic theologian exploring – at the deep level of philosophical-scientific Cosmology and symbolic-mythic grounding – the correlative intellectual-spiritual breakdowns of Modern Industrial Civilization and the Modern Industrial Evangelization, as well as the intellectual-spiritual seeds of a regenerative Postmodern Ecological Civilization and of a regenerative Postmodern Ecological Evangelization.
Joe completed his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the field of Ethics & Society, which was structured as an interdisciplinary dialogue of Theology with Philosophy and Social Science. At Chicago, he studied Theology with David Tracy, Philosophy with Paul Ricoeur, and Social Science with Gibson Winter. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Phi-losophy at the Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile during the last year of the demo-cratic-socialist presidency of Salvador Allende, whose government was violently over-thrown by the murderous military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.
Joe is: Emeritus Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Saint Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, and a still active Adjunct Professor in its School of Law; Permanent Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano in Puno, Peru; President of Pax Romana / Catholic Movement for Intellectual & Cultural Affairs USA and Editor of its Pacem in Terris Press, with both based in Washington DC; Vice-Chair of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, based in Boston, Massachusetts; and a member of the Inter-national Association for Catholic Social Thought, based at the Catholic University of Leu-ven in Belgium.
Earlier, Joe served for 15 years as Research Associate at the Washington DC Center of Concern, created jointly by the international Jesuits and the US Catholic Bishops to work with the United Nations on important global issues. Later, he taught at New York Theo-logical Seminary in New York City and at its offshoot the Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami, Florida, as well as at Drew University’s School of Theology. For both the Center of Concern and Pax Romana, he has served as NGO representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations at its headquarters in New York City.
Joe also served as founding Director of the Pallottine Institute for Lay Leadership & Re-search at Seton Hall University. In addition, he directed the research process for the 1976 Theology in the Americas Conference, and he co-founded the American Catholic Lay Network, the National Conference on Religion & Labor (co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO), and Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice.
Joe has published 17 books and many articles. His book with Peter Henriot SJ, Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice, has more than 100,000 copies in print, including 2 US editions, 5 foreign-language editions and 2 foreign English editions. He was also the con-sultant-writer for the 1975 document This Land is Home to Me: A Pastoral Letter on Power-lessness in Appalachia by the Catholic Bishops of the Region, and for the 1995 document At Home in the Web of Life: A Pastoral Message from the Catholic Bishops of Appalachia on Sustaina-ble Communities.