Protestant-Catholic Relations in America: World War I Through Vatican II

Protestant-Catholic Relations in America: World War I Through Vatican II

by Lerond Curry

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Overview

The first general survey of relations between Protestants and Catholics in America during the past half century will be welcomed not only by social historians but by clergymen and laymen interested in the development of constructive interfaith relations.

Lerond Curry has traced the major trends in this fifty-year period and analyzed the underlying factors that influenced them. Much of his account is based on correspondence and personal interviews with people who took part in the events and movements he describes.

The rapid growth of Catholic population just before World War I, along with increasing urbanization and tensions related to the war itself, produced a period of intense religious conflict often expressed in violence. After the campaign of 1928, religious leaders made earnest efforts to ameliorate these conflicts, but with the appointment of a United States representative to the Vatican in 1939, hostilities again arose. Nevertheless, Curry finds that in the middle fifties more mature interfaith relationships began to appear, and after Vatican Council II, Protestant-Catholic dialogue developed a new depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813151885
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lerond Curry is assistant professor of religion at Averett College.

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