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Transcendence and the Bewilderment of Being Modern

Rosemary Luling Haughton

in A Catholic Modernity?

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195131611
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131611.003.0004
Transcendence and the Bewilderment of Being Modern

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This chapter focuses on two concepts that are considered central to Taylor's lecture: the “gospel ethic” and “transcendence.” It argues that the link between these concepts is the source of the bewilderment that many modern Christians experience. What is needed is neither a “Catholic modernism,” which would be to adapt uncritically to the Enlightenment project, which has both positive and negative characteristics; nor a “modern Catholicism,” which would constitute the hegemony of Catholic liberals, but a the more demanding path of thoughtful and careful discernment of those elements in modern culture that committed Christians not only can learn from but also embrace.

Keywords: Christians; Catholicism; gospel ethic; transcendence; modernism; Charles Taylor

Chapter.  6763 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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