Catholicism and Religious Freedom: Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Liberty

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Kenneth L. Grasso, Robert P. Hunt
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 224 pages
The late Pope John Paul II frequently invoked Dignitatis Humanae as one of the foundational documents of contemporary Church social teaching. In this timely new edited collection, Catholicism and Religious Freedom: Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Liberty, Kenneth L. Grasso and Robert P. Hunt have assembled an impressive group of scholars to discuss the current meanings of one the Vatican's most important documents and its place in the Church. Dignitatis Humanae understands itself as bringing 'forth new things that are in harmony with the old.' Today, forty years after its publication, the precise nature of these 'new things' and their relationship to 'the old' remain among the most important pieces of unfinished business confronting Catholic social thought. The theological issues brought forth in Dignitatis Humanae go to the heart of the contemporary debate about the nature, foundation, and scope of religious liberty. Here, the contributors to this volume give these considerations the serious and sustained attention they deserve.

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Dignitatis Humanae and the Development of Catholic Doctrine
Dignitatis Humanae the Catholic Conception of the State and Public Morality
The Promised Time of Dignitatis Humanae A Radical Protestant Perspective
Persuaded Not Commanded NeoCalvinism Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Freedom
On Proposing the Truth and Not Imposing It John Pauls Personalism and the Teaching of Dignitatis Humanae
An Unfinished Argument Dignitatis Humanae John Courtney Murray and the Catholic Theory of the State
The Architecture of Freedom John Paul II and John Courtney Murray on Religious Freedom
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Kenneth L. Grasso is professor of political science at Texas State University - San Marcos. Robert P. Hunt is chair of the political science department at Kean University.

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