The Challenge of a New Theology

Ulrich L. Lehner

in Enlightened Monks

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595129
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729096 | DOI:
The Challenge of a New Theology

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This chapter discusses the challenges to 18th century theology, particularly when it came to questions concerning Church hierarchy, revelation and morality, and how the Benedictines attempted to answer them. The reform theologians stressed an anthropological grounding of their theological enterprises, loathed scholasticism, and emphasized the study of scripture and good homiletics. Catholic sovereigns also supported these reforms because they promised not only a spiritual renewal but also a means to more effectively control their subjects, including monks.

Keywords: anti‐scholasticism; anthropology; revelation; moral theology; dogmatic theology; sacred scripture; Bible

Chapter.  11528 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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