Loyola Marymount University (LMU) assistant professor of theological studies Kristin Heyer’s Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of U. S. Catholicism” was named “Best Book for 2007” by the College Theology Society (CTS) last month.

“I am honored and humbled to have received the CTS award for my book amid a year of valuable contributions to the field of theology,” said Heyer.

The book, published by Georgetown University Press last year, is Heyer’s first.

“The publication explores the contours of faithful and responsible Christian public witness, articulating guidelines for Catholic social action and political advocacy in the contemporary U.S. context,” says an LMU spokesman.

The book was praised in the following comments at the annual CTS meeting: “The topic is as timely as they come and we recognize the sheer depth of study she brings to the question. She brings into dialogue major theologians and philosophers, particularly philosophers outside of the Catholic tradition.

“She applies these insights with such depth and dexterity that we think the book will prove a valuable resource for years to come. It’s just not that often that we produce Catholic thinkers whom non-Catholics want to read for depth of insight.”

Heyer has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, including “Catholic Social Teaching and Action” and “Christian Social Ethics” at LMU since 2003. She frequently integrates community-based learning as part of her curriculum, the spokesman said.

She is currently co-editing her next book, “Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions Between Religion and Politics,” with Michael Genovese, professor of political science, which is expected to be completed in 2008.