Carlos EireThe Life of Saint Teresa of Avila

Join us for a symposium discussion of the recent book by Carlos Eire.

Featuring Carlos Eire (Yale University), Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago), and Susan Schreiner (University of Chicago).


Saint Teresa of Avila’s Life is among the most remarkable accounts ever written of the human encounter with the divine. The Life is not really an autobiography at all, but rather a confession written for inquisitors by a nun whose raptures and mystical claims had aroused suspicion. Despite its troubled origins, the book has had a profound impact on Christian spirituality for five centuries, attracting admiration from readers as diverse as mystics, philosophers, artists, psychoanalysts, and neurologists. How did a manuscript once kept under lock and key by the Spanish Inquisition become one of the most inspiring religious books of all time?


Cosponsored by Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. This program is made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.

Professor Eire will also give a luncheon talk that day at noon at the University of Chicago of Chicago. He will also teach a three-hour master class for students and faculty on The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila on Friday, October 25.

About the Author

Carlos Eire is the T. L. Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. His many books include the bestselling memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction; Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450–1650; and A Very Brief History of Eternity (Princeton). He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.