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By James L. Heft

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This publication bargains a sequence of reflections at the kingdom of Christianity, and particularly Catholicism, on this planet this day. the center-piece of the amount is a lecture by means of the well known thinker Charles Taylor, from which the identify of the ebook is taken. The lecture, brought at Dayton college in January of 1996, provided Taylor the chance to talk about the spiritual dimensions of his highbrow commitment--dimensions left implicity in his philosophical writing. in truth, this can be the one position the place Taylor, a Roman Catholic, spells out his theological perspectives and his feel of the cultural placement of Catholicism, its heritage and trajectory. He makes use of the celebration to argue opposed to the typical declare that stumbling blocks to spiritual trust in sleek tradition are epistemic--that they need to do with the triumph of the clinical worldview. the true stumbling blocks, says Taylor, are ethical and non secular, having to do with the historical disasters of spiritual institutions.

Four famous commentators on faith and society, Protestant, Catholic, have been invited to answer Taylor's lecture: William M. Shea, George Marsden, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Rosemary Luling-Haughton. Their chapters provide numerous astute reflections at the tensions among faith and modernity, and specifically at the function that Catholicism can and may play in modern society. the amount concludes with Taylor's perceptive and considerate reaction to his interlocutors. A Catholic Modernity offers some of the most considerate conversations so far concerning the position of the Catholic Church within the sleek international, and extra mostly, in regards to the position of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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This is not to say that we cannot claim in certain areas to have gained certain insights and settled certain questions that still troubled our ancestors. For instance, we are able to see the Inquisition clearly for the unevangelical horror that it was. But this doesn't exclude our having a lot to learn from earlier ages as well, even from people who also made the mistake of supporting the Inquisition. 2. Henri Bremond, Histoire litteraire du sentient religieux en France depuis la fin des guerres de religion jusqu'a nos jours (Paris: A.

S. 10 It also aptly describes Taylor's own practice of philosophy and the aims of many theologians. It constitutes the attitude and hope of what I call reflective religious modernism. Taylor's altogether healthy and sensible prescription carries with it a puzzle, however, for one is driven to wonder how Catholics can participate fully in this culture without drowning in it intellectually and spiritually, that is, how they can be Catholic in a culture that W I L L I A M M. S H E A 43 seems antireligious and anti-Catholic, whose life forms and practices undercut the forms and practices of historical Catholicism, and whose power of attraction threatens to become a power of compulsion?

4 What gets lost, as always, in this post-revolutionary climate is the crucial nuance. Challenging the primacy can mean two things. These two are evidently not the same. It is not even true, as people might plausibly believe, that they are causally linked in the sense that making the second challenge "softens us up" and makes the first challenge easier. Indeed, I want to claim (and did in the concluding chapter of Sources) that the reverse is the case: that clinging to the primacy of life in the second 24 A CATHOLIC M O D E R N I T Y ?

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