Faith and History

Peter Hinchliff

in God and History

Published in print June 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682483 | DOI:
Faith and History

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This chapter discusses the emergence of Catholic Modernism in the last decade of the 19th century. It also focuses on the views of Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg–Acton, who was in conflict with the ecclesiastical authorities, because of his determination to fight for liberty, morality, and truth —as he perceived them —against religious authoritarianism. It argues that in his attitude to history and its relation to doctrine, his understanding of the nature of development, in his resentment of authoritarianism, Acton was very much like the Modernists. Like Acton, Modernists hoped for a liberal Catholicism which was intolerable to ecclesiastical authorities.

Keywords: Catholic Modernism; Lord Acton; authoritarianism

Chapter.  12082 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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