After the Revolution

Thomas R. Nevin

in Thérèse of Lisieux

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195307214
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785032 | DOI:
  After the Revolution

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Chateaubriand, Lamennais, and Renan all figured centrally in any chronicle of 19th-century French Catholicism, while Thérèse Martin, the Little Flower, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux kept a marginal position. However, these men, who lived long and wrote much, are for the greater part forgotten, and she, dead at twenty-four, has become one of the most beloved woman in modern times. This chapter illustrates these men under three sorts of temptation, none of which is strictly comparable to those Christ faced in the wilderness but each of which St. Augustine identifies: the rage for feeling, libido sentiendi; for commanding, libido dominandi; for knowing, libido sciendi. As these men did not think, work, write in a vacuum, some brief remarks on the political and spiritual life of their age are provided.

Keywords: Chateaubriand; Lamennais; Renan; libido sentiendi; libido dominandi; libido sciendi

Chapter.  10780 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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