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The State of Resistance: On the Relevance of Daniel Berrigan's Work to Catholic Social Thought

Michael Baxter

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0004
The State of Resistance: On the Relevance of Daniel Berrigan's Work to Catholic Social Thought

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Baxter writes, in his chapter, of being first introduced to Berrigan through his writings, in particular The Dark Night of Resistance. He then employs the insights of this book to set the frame for his essay and to provide the essay’s final word on Berrigan’s contribution to Catholic social thought: Nada. Berrigan’s unique way of saying “No” is the means by which we are to “enter more dramatically and fully into the truth of things.” How and why American Catholic social thought, for the most part, stands on the sidelines of life is the question Baxter sets out to answer in his essay. Deftly moving through the historical development of Catholic social teaching in America, Baxter points to a concern held in common by Berrigan and leaders of the Church, as well as its theologians and philosophers: how do we move from a disordered political, economic, and social life into one that reflects a more “comprehensive peace”?

Keywords: Nada; Resistance; Comprehensive peace; Catholic social thought; Sidelines of life; Catonsville Nine; Thomism; Scholasticism

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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