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

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Darrell Jodock
Cambridge University Press, Jun 22, 2000 - Religion - 345 pages
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This 2000 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.
  

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Contents

The Modernist crisis
1
Danell Jodock
20
Vatican foreign policy and the origins of Modernism
31
the ecclesial setting
56
Theological and philosophical Modernism Gabriel Daly
88
Seeking transcendence in the modern world
115
Blondels Action and the problem of the University
142
The politics of Loisys Modernist theology Harvey Hill
169
Innovation and biblical interpretation C J T Tatar
191
The Modernist as mystic Lawrence Burmann
215
English Catholicism and Modernism Ellen M Leonard
248
the case of the Semaines sociales
277
AntiModernism and the elective affinity between
308
Conclusion Darrell Jodock
337
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