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Catholicism Contending with Modernity
Roman Catholic Modernism and Anti-Modernism in Historical Context

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Darrell Jodock, Gary Lease, Paul Misner, Gabriel Daly, Phyllis Kaminski, George Tavard, Harvey Hill, Charles Talar, Lawrence Barmann, Ellen Leonard, Peter Bernardi, Michael Kerlin
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521175029

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  • This book is a case study in the ongoing struggle of Christianity to define its relationship to modernity, examining representative Roman Catholic Modernists and anti-Modernists, exploring their relationship to their own historical context. Its aim is to counteract the tendency to lift the proposals made by the Modernists out of their setting and define them as a coherent, timeless philosophical/theological outlook, which should be avoided. The book seeks to correct the proclivity of some contemporary proponents of Modernist ideas to de-contextualize those ideas and recommend their endorsement without a critical reconsideration of historical changes. It sketches the nineteenth-century background of the Modernist crisis, identifying the problems that the church was facing at the beginning of the twentieth century; and offers a fresh perspective on the Modernist crisis, a perspective arising from the pioneering work undertaken by the Roman Catholic Modernism Working Group of the American Academy of Religion.

    • Explores issues crucial to present and future Catholic culture
    • Was the first book to explore in detail the Modernist legacy of Catholicism
    • Of interest beyond religious studies to those interested in Modernist culture
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    "This book is timely...well-integrated essays." --Choice

    "This task the volume accomplishes admirably...This volume is a significant contribution to the study of the Modernist movement within Roman Catholicism" Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521175029
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Note on the text
    Introduction I: the modernist crisis Darrell Jodock
    Introduction II: the modernists and the anti-modernists Darrell Jodock
    Part I. The Late Nineteenth-Century Setting of Modernism and Anti-Modernism:
    1. Vatican foreign policy and the origins of modernism Gary Lease
    2. Catholic anti-modernism: the ecclesial setting Paul Misner
    3. Theological and philosophical modernism Gabriel Daly
    Part II. Maurice Blondel and Alfred Loisy In France:
    4. Seeking transcendence in the modern world Phyllis Kaminski
    5. Blondel's Action and the problem of the university George Tavard
    6. The politics of Loisy's modernist theology Harvey Hill
    7. Innovation and biblical interpretation Charles Talar
    Part III. Friedrich von Hügel and Maude Petre in England:
    8. The modernist as mystic Lawrence Barmann
    9. English Catholicism and modernism Ellen Leonard
    Part IV. Social Modernism and Anti-Modernism in France:
    10. Social modernism: the case of the Semaines Sociales Peter Bernardi
    11. Anti-modernism and the elective affinities between politics and philosophy Michael Kerlin.

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    Darrell Jodock, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota


    Darrell Jodock, Gary Lease, Paul Misner, Gabriel Daly, Phyllis Kaminski, George Tavard, Harvey Hill, Charles Talar, Lawrence Barmann, Ellen Leonard, Peter Bernardi, Michael Kerlin

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