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The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era
     

The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era

by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
 

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ISBN-10: 0231131879

ISBN-13: 9780231131872

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

At the beginning of the twentieth century, American intellectuals grew increasingly sympathetic to Pragmatism and empirical methods in the social sciences, which challenged the dogma and "absolute truth" of the church. Defenders of the faith opposed this new public philosophy, instead insisting on the uniqueness of the Catholic Church and a sound philosophy of

Overview

At the beginning of the twentieth century, American intellectuals grew increasingly sympathetic to Pragmatism and empirical methods in the social sciences, which challenged the dogma and "absolute truth" of the church. Defenders of the faith opposed this new public philosophy, instead insisting on the uniqueness of the Catholic Church and a sound philosophy of humanity. Neither capitulating to the new creed nor retreating into self-righteous isolation, they formed an economic and political philosophy based on natural law, appropriated what good they could find in progressivism, and encouraged Americans to embrace Catholicism. Thomas E. Woods's provocative study shows how American Catholics attempted to retain their identity in an age of pluralism and laid the groundwork for a half-century of intellectual vitality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231131872
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Religion and American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,214,090
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1The Stage Is Set1
2The Challenge of Pragmatism23
3Sociology and the Study of Man51
4Assimilation and Resistance: Catholics and Progressive Education85
5Economics and the "Social Question"119
6Against Syncretism143
Epilogue: Into the Future157
Notes177
Selected Bibliography211
Index221

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