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The Catholic enlightenment : the forgotten history of a global movement, Ulrich L. Lehner

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The Catholic enlightenment : the forgotten history of a global movement
Title
The Catholic enlightenment
Title remainder
the forgotten history of a global movement
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Ulrich L. Lehner
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eng
Summary
"Whoever needs an act of faith to elucidate an event that can be explained by reason is a fool, and unworthy of reasonable thought." This line, spoken by the notorious 18th-century libertine Giacomo Casanova, illustrates a deeply entrenched perception of religion, as prevalent today as it was hundreds of years ago. It is the sentiment behind the narrative that Catholic beliefs were incompatible with the Enlightenment ideals. Catholics, many claim, are superstitious and traditional, opposed to democracy and gender equality, and hostile to science. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that Casanova himself was a Catholic. In The Catholic Enlightenment, Ulrich L. Lehner points to such figures as representatives of a long-overlooked thread of a reform-minded Catholicism, which engaged Enlightenment ideals with as much fervor and intellectual gravity as anyone. Their story opens new pathways for understanding how faith and modernity can interact in our own time. Lehner begins two hundred years before the Enlightenment, when the Protestant Reformation destroyed the hegemony Catholicism had enjoyed for centuries. During this time the Catholic Church instituted several reforms, such as better education for pastors, more liberal ideas about the roles of women, and an emphasis on human freedom as a critical feature of theology. These actions formed the foundation of the Enlightenment's belief in individual freedom. While giants like Spinoza, Locke, and Voltaire became some of the most influential voices of the time, Catholic Enlighteners were right alongside them. They denounced fanaticism, superstition, and prejudice as irreconcilable with the Enlightenment agenda. In 1789, the French Revolution dealt a devastating blow to their cause, disillusioning many Catholics against the idea of modernization. Popes accumulated ever more power and the Catholic Enlightenment was snuffed out. It was not until the Second Vatican Council in 1962 that questions of Catholicism's compatibility with modernity would be broached again. Ulrich L. Lehner tells, for the first time, the forgotten story of these reform-minded Catholics. As Pope Francis pushes the boundaries of Catholicism even further, and Catholics once again grapple with these questions, this book will prove to be required reading"--Fly leaf of book jacket
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1976-
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Lehner, Ulrich L.
Index
index present
LC call number
BX1330
LC item number
.L44 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Catholic Church
  • Catholic Church
  • Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment
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The Catholic enlightenment : the forgotten history of a global movement, Ulrich L. Lehner
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-248) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Progress and Catholicism -- oil and water? -- Catholic Enlighteners around the globe -- The Catholic learning curve : toleration and tolerance -- Feminism, freedom, faith : Catholic women and the Enlightenment -- Catholic Enlightenment in the Americas, China and India -- Devils, demons, and the divine in the Catholic Enlightenment -- Saints and sinners -- Slaves, servants, and savages : slavery in Catholic countries -- The death of Catholic Enlightenment and the beginning of a papal Catholicism
Control code
907446002
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780190232917
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015023905
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
40025673208
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(OCoLC)907446002
Label
The Catholic enlightenment : the forgotten history of a global movement, Ulrich L. Lehner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Progress and Catholicism -- oil and water? -- Catholic Enlighteners around the globe -- The Catholic learning curve : toleration and tolerance -- Feminism, freedom, faith : Catholic women and the Enlightenment -- Catholic Enlightenment in the Americas, China and India -- Devils, demons, and the divine in the Catholic Enlightenment -- Saints and sinners -- Slaves, servants, and savages : slavery in Catholic countries -- The death of Catholic Enlightenment and the beginning of a papal Catholicism
Control code
907446002
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9780190232917
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2015023905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025673208
System control number
(OCoLC)907446002
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