A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

by Robert Royal

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Overview

In this wide-ranging and ambitious volume, Robert Royal, a prominent participant for many years in debates about religion and contemporary life, offers a comprehensive and balanced appraisal of the Catholic intellectual tradition in the twentieth century. The Catholic Church values both Faith and Reason, and Catholicism has given rise to extraordinary ideas and whole schools of remarkable thought, not just in the distant past but throughout the troubled decades of the twentieth century.

Royal presents in a single volume a sweeping but readable account of how Catholic thinking developed in philosophy, theology, Scripture studies, culture, literature, and much more in the twentieth century. This involves great figures, recognized as such both inside and outside the Church, such as Jacques Maritain, Bernard Lonergan, Joseph Pieper, Edith Stein, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, Romano Guardini, Karl Rahner, Henri du Lubac, Karol Wojtyla, Joseph Ratzinger, Hans Urs von Balthasar,Charles Peguy, Paul Claudel, George Bernanos, Francois Mauriac, G. K. Chesterton, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christopher Dawson, Graham Greene, Sigrid Undset, J. R. R. Tolkien, Czeslaw Milosz, and many more.

Royal argues that without rigorous thought, Catholicism – however welcoming and nourishing it might be – would become something like a doctor with a good bedside manner, but who knows little medicine. It has always been the aspiration of the Catholic tradition to unite emotion and intellect, action and contemplation. But unless we know what the tradition has already produced – especially in the work of the great figures of the recent past – we will not be able to answer the challenges that the modern world poses, or even properly recognize the true questions we face.

This is a reflective, non-polemical work that brings together various strands of Catholic thought in the twentieth century. A comprehensive guide to the recent past - and the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586179908
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Pages: 619
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Royal is the president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington DC and editor of the online column series The Catholic Thing. He is the author, editor, and translator of more than a dozen books, and he writes and speaks frequently on questions of culture, religion, and public life. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications in the United States and abroad.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 Faith and Reason

1 The Thomist Revival and Preconciliar Catholic Thought 31

2 Catholic Philosophy in a Time of Turmoil 79

3 Theology and the Throes of Modernity 114

4 Critical Interlude: The Second Vatican Council 165

5 A Renewed Theology and Modern Culture 209

6 The Three Ages of Scripture Studies 279

7 Scripture Study after the Council 324

Part 2 Creed and Culture

8 The Emergence of Culture as Protagonist 361

9 Freshness Deep Down Things: The Catholic Literary Revival 375

10 The Two Frances 436

11 The Motley Society and After 521

Conclusion: The Pathos of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition 579

Acknowledgments 589

Index 591

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