The American Catholic Experience (Google eBook)

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Sep 7, 2011 - Religion - 504 pages
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Catholicism has had a profound and lasting influence on the shape, the meaning, and the course of American history. Now, in the first book to reflect the new communal and social awakening which emerged from Vatican Council II, here is a vibrant and compelling history of the American Catholic experience—one that will surely become the standard volume for this decade, and decades to come.

Spanning nearly five hundred years, the narrative eloquently describes the Catholic experience from the arrival of Columbus and the other European explorers to the present day. It sheds fascinating new light on the work of the first vanguard of missionaries, and on the religious struggles and tensions of the early settlers. We watch Catholicism as it spread across the New World, and see how it transformed—and was transformed by—the land and its people. We follow the evolution of the urban ethnic communities and learn about the vital contributions of the immigrant church to Catholicism. And finally, we share in the controversy of the modern church and the extraordinary changes in the Catholic consciousness as it comes to grips with such contemporary social and theological issues as war and peace and the arms race, materialism, birth control and abortion, social justice, civil rights, religious freedom, the ordination of women, and married clergy.

The American Catholic Experience is not just the history of an institution, but a chronicle of the dreams and aspirations, the crises and faith, of a thriving, ever-evolving religious community. It provides a penetrating and deeply thoughtful look at an experience as diverse, as exciting, and as powerful as America itself.
  

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Dolan wrote his history by topic rather than strict chronology. As a result, time jumps around quite a bit and certain people or events are treated multiple times under different sections. He also ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
The Colonial Period 15001780
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A Republican Interlude 17801820
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The Immigrant Church 18201920
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The End of an Era 192060
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The Catholic Reformation 196084

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About the author (2011)

Jay P. Dolan is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored or edited several books on the history of American Catholicism, including his best known work, The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present. He has served as President of
both the American Catholic Historical Association and the American Society of Church History. He was the founder of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame and served as its director from 1975 to 1993.

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