Catholicism in an Age of Democracy

Jay P. Dolan

in In Search of an American Catholicism

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195069266
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834143 | DOI:
Catholicism in an Age of Democracy

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Examines American Catholicism in an age of democracy – the period from 1780–1820. The American Revolution ushered in a new age, and henceforth, democracy became a defining element of American culture. How this concept influenced Catholicism makes up a major portion of this chapter. This period was also a time when certain seals of the Enlightenment took hold among Catholics. Such ideals shaped the way Catholics thought about their religion in this age of reason and started the development of a distinctive American version of Catholicism.

Keywords: American Catholicism; American culture; American Revolution; Catholicism; culture; democracy; history

Chapter.  10789 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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