Peter Erb



NamePeter Erb
PositionFaculty Member
Department(s)Religious Studies

Peter Erb


Peter C. Erb is a graduate of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, Ont (Licentiate in Medieval Studies, 1970) and the University of Toronto (PhD on the appropriation of late medieval spirituality in early German and Dutch Protestantism, 1976). A Roman Catholic, with a particular interest in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Peter was born to Amish-Mennonite parents in Tavistock, Ont., has served as a community development worker and teacher in Cleveland’s Hough area, 1965-1966, and as a Mennonite pastor and lay preacher, and continues to work closely on Mennonite-Catholic dialogue as well as other ecumenical matters.

He and his wife, Betty, live in Waterloo, Ont., where Peter was a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont., in the Department of English, 1971-1984, and thereafter in the Department of Religion and Culture, 1984-2008. He has recently retired as Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies through St. Dunstan’s University at the University of Prince Edward Island (2004-2009), and continues as Associate Director of Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsburg, Pa., a position he has held for the past 36 years. He also continues to teach and direct students though Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.

The author and editor of some 15 books and numerous articles on patristic and medieval spirituality, the Radical Reformation, German Pietism, German-American religion and culture, Catholic thought in the Romantic era, for the past two decades Peter has devoted most of his scholarly time to the study of nineteenth-century Anglican/Roman Catholic relations. His major study of the past twenty years, a four-volume critical edition of the correspondence between the British Prime Minister, William E. Gladstone, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Henry E. Manning, is now at the copy-editing stage with Oxford University Press. He is presently working on the influence of the Oxford Movement in North America and the British colonies for inclusion in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement and preparing his lectures, “Facing a Secular Age: Notes for the modern sceptic,” for publication.

His free time is primarily devoted to reading contemporary Catholic and Anglo-catholic theology, murder mysteries and cheap comic thrillers. He and Betty are the parents of two daughters, Catharine (who teaches Classics at Upper Canada College) and Suzanne (a neuroscientist at the University or Toronto, married to Douglas Funk, a neuroscientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto) and two granddaughters, Leanna Marie and Jillian Sarah. Peter lectures and writes regularly on various aspects of Christianity and on religious themes in twentieth-century German and English fiction. He holds an Outstanding Teacher award and has been honoured for his service to the perpetuation of Pennsylvania-German culture by the Pennsylvania-German Society of Pennsylvania. His retirement from Laurier was celebrated with a Festschrift, edited by Harold Remus and Michel Desjardins, Tradition and Formation: Claiming an Inheritance: Essays in Honour of Peter C. Erb (Kitchener, Ont., Pandora Press, 2008).

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Research Interests

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Mennonite-Catholic dialogue

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The Madonna murdersErb, Peter C.
Brethren in the early eighteenth centuryErb, Peter C.
SarabandErb, Peter C.
Le christianisme va-t-il mourirErb, Peter C.
Pietism and Tractarian OxfordErb, Peter C.
Schwenkfeld and Early SchwenkfeldianismErb, Peter C.
John of the crossErb, Peter C.
Our Asian journeyErb, Peter C.
Let the faithful greet each otherErb, Peter C.
On peace, poetry, and powerErb, Peter C.
Responses to "The spirit and the church" by Miroslav Volf and Maurice LeePinnock, Clark H.; Demson, David E.; Dueck, Irma Fast; Erb, Peter C.
Saints and postmodernismErb, Peter C.
The English reformation and ecumenical concernsErb, Peter C.
Dialectic and narrative in AquinasErb, Peter C.
Reply to "Towards a radical postmodern Anabaptist vision," by G J Biesecker-Mast, 13Erb, Peter C.
Medieval spirituality and the development of Protestant sectarianismErb, Peter C.
The unacceptable faceErb, Peter C.
On evilErb, Peter C.
Nearer my GodErb, Peter C.
The golden compassErb, Peter C.
Modernity on endless trialErb, Peter C.
Anabaptism in outlineErb, Peter C.
Church and stateErb, Peter C.
Justice, courtesy and loveErb, Peter C.
The double visionErb, Peter C.
The outcast doveErb, Peter C.
Reply to "Journey to a far country, premodern history as crosscultural education," by D D Martin, 11Erb, Peter C.
Mary for all ChristiansErb, Peter C.
Caspar Schwenckfeld, reluctant radicalErb, Peter C.
Newman and Aristotle on work, leisure, and liberal educationErb, Peter C.
The use of Ruusbroec among German ProtestantsErb, Peter C.
The Gospel according to TolkienErb, Peter C.
Murder, manners, mysteryErb, Peter C.
Popular Catholicism in the United StatesErb, Peter C.
Pietists, Protestants, and MysticismErb, Peter C.
The amber spyglassErb, Peter C.
The achievement of John Henry NewmanErb, Peter C.
The Peter Martyr readerErb, Peter C.
How can we knowErb, Peter C.
The great codeErb, Peter C.
Anabaptist spiritualityErb, Peter C.
Christendom and Christianity in the Middle AgesErb, Peter C.
Eberhard JungelErb, Peter C.
Lyra's Oxford Erb, Peter C.
Retrieving the tradition and renewing evangelicalismErb, Peter C.
Theology and prayerErb, Peter C.
Henry Edward Manning, Priscilla Maurice, and the pastoral care of the sickErb, Peter C.
Karlstadt as the father of the Baptist movementsErb, Peter C.
Traditional spirituality and Mennonite lifeErb, Peter C.
Dialogue under duressErb, Peter C.
Politics and theological liberalismErb, Peter C.
The contemplative life as the unum necessariumErb, Peter C.
Theological essaysErb, Peter C.
Pietist spiritualityErb, Peter C.
The quest for GodErb, Peter C.
Adam ReissnerErb, Peter C.
A view from the ridgeErb, Peter C.
Daniel Sudermann (1550 - ca 1631)Erb, Peter C.
Against religionErb, Peter C.
For the joy set before usErb, Peter C.
These three are oneErb, Peter C.
PietistsErb, Peter C.
Selected worksErb, Peter C.
The medieval sources of PietismErb, Peter C.
Words with powerErb, Peter C.
Contemplation and action in the modern worldErb, Peter C.
Thomas MertonErb, Peter C.
The mysticism of innerworldly fulfillmentErb, Peter C.
Thomas MertonErb, Peter C.
Unity in the church, or, The principle of CatholicismM?hler, Johann Adam; Erb, Peter C.
Faith, reason and theologyErb, Peter C.
Serpent on the rockErb, Peter C.
What is spirituality?Erb, Peter C.
Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714)Erb, Peter C.
After writingErb, Peter C.
Vernacular material for preaching in ms Cambridge University library Ii III 8Erb, Peter C.
Gerhard Tersteegen, Christopher Saur, and Pennsylvania sectariansErb, Peter C.
The subtle knifeErb, Peter C.
280 paradoxes of wondrous sayingsErb, Peter C.
On Being the ChurchErb, Peter C.
Schwenkfelders in AmericaErb, Peter C.
Defining "radical pietism"Erb, Peter C.
Classical studies and the German PietistsErb, Peter C.
The soul as virgin wifeErb, Peter C.
Anabaptism and asceticismErb, Peter C.
A question of sovereignityErb, Peter C.
Christian Lesher's "Spiritual Magazine"Erb, Peter C.

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The quest for God - ir:ir-batch6-613330108:04:20 2015-08-02
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Serpent on the rock - ir:ir-batch6-611930302:44:47 2015-08-02
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Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714) - ir:ir-batch6-608738303:25:31 2015-08-02
After writing - ir:ir-batch6-606733214:59:02 2015-08-01
Vernacular material for preaching in ms Cambridge University library Ii III 8 - ir:ir-batch6-614528206:05:07 2015-08-02
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On Being the Church - ir:ir-batch6-610229809:04:06 2015-08-01
Schwenkfelders in America - ir:ir-batch6-611730014:33:53 2015-08-01
Defining "radical pietism" - ir:ir-batch6-608029710:53:00 2015-08-02
Classical studies and the German Pietists - ir:ir-batch6-607731922:54:46 2015-07-31
The soul as virgin wife - ir:ir-batch6-613426601:09:04 2015-08-01
Anabaptism and asceticism - ir:ir-batch6-606929702:57:56 2015-08-02
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