Clerical Ideology in a Revolutionary Age: The Guadalajara Church and the Idea of the Mexican Nation, 1788-1853
Now available in English, Clerical Ideology in a Revolutionary Age illuminates the role of the Catholic Church in the making of Mexico as a nation by providing a nuanced sense of clerical thought during the turbulent years leading to and following Mexicos national independence. Connaughton delves deeply into abundant primary sources from Guadalajara between 1788 and 1853, including printed sermons of high clergymen, contemporaneous newspapers, pamphletry, and pastoral letters. Analyzing this literature in the broader context of the Enlightenment, Connaughton looks at the Enlightenments potentially corrosive ideas, the rise of liberalism, the complex relationship between the Church and the state, and the spread of secular mentality. With a balanced approach to clerical discourse, this study of the substance, contradictions, and evolution of Church thinking and political posturing in the face of Bourbon Reforms and the rise of liberalism should be required reading for any student or scholar of Mexican history.
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