How Do They Stay?

Andrew Greeley and Paul Wink

in The Catholic Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238176
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938779 | DOI:
How Do They Stay?

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This chapter studies the model of Catholic revolution. Pre-1965, the model was very clear and precise—being Catholic entailed uniform acceptance of ecclesiastical dictate. This model was so hallowed and so unquestioned that its violation still affronts right-wing Catholics. The model has changed but comprehending the religious dynamics of the change is important. The theory is based upon the works of Weber, Parsons, Geertz, James, and Otto. It contends that religion is originally and primarily behavior that occurs in the dimension of the human personality called the preconscious. Religion originates in hope renewing experiences, which leave back in the imagination, residues that provide explanations for the meaning and purpose of human life. These residues, constituted out of symbols, and experiences combined, constitute religious imagination. Religious imagination variables can function in two ways—”intervening” and “interacting.”

Keywords: model; religious dynamics; Wnber; preconscious; experience; religious imagination

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Subjects: Christianity

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