“A Vote of Thanks to Voltaire”

William M. Shea

in A Catholic Modernity?

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195131611
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853489 | DOI:
“A Vote of Thanks to Voltaire”

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This chapter presents the historical background for recent extensive revisioning of Catholicism and highlights the impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). It singles out five contributions as crucial for our own time. In view of the history of the Catholic Church during the modern period, it explains that theology must make two crucial judgments: “modernity has not been all wrong … and the Church has not been all right.” It suggests that Catholic colleges and universities, rather than secular universities, now provide the most promising arena for the exploration of the meaning of Catholicism in the modern age.

Keywords: Catholic Church; Catholicism; modernity; Second Vatican Council; Catholic universities

Chapter.  10327 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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