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‘External Religion’ and its Dangers

Nicholas Sagovsky

in 'On God's Side'

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267287.003.0007
‘External Religion’ and its Dangers

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This chapter discusses George Tyrrell's External Religion, a small book of addresses he had given to Oxford undergraduates. External Religion sets out some of Tyrrell's most fundamental convictions. He still believed that his religious philosophy could be contained within the church structures, as it was in continuity with the deepest roots of the Catholic tradition, but there was already about this thought an arresting radicalism and a tendency to take extreme positions in response to the extremism, as he saw it, of those in authority. He was trying to hold together the dogmatic teaching of the Catholic Church and the disturbing conclusions of 19th-century science. As yet he thought mainly in terms of the questions posed by evolution, but he was beginning to realize that the questions of the historians who reconstructed the early history of the Church in terms quite different from church tradition were ultimately far more challenging.

Keywords: George Tyrrell; Jesuits; Jesuit priests; External Religion; religious philosophy

Chapter.  7122 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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