Catholicism and American Culture

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Catholicism and American Culture

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This chapter examines the encounter between faith and American culture, looking into different layers of culture and strategies for encounter. The analysis begins with a brief discussion of the nature of the American culture into which the Catholic faith might be inserted. The importance of an encounter between faith and culture has been a major theme of the present pontificate. In the Catholic literature on American culture published in the past twenty years or so, it is possible to detect four major strategies: traditionalism, neoconservatism, liberalism, and prophetic radicalism. The most fundamental question raised in the discussion is whether the Church in the country should become more countercultural, as the traditionalists and radicals would wish, or more accommodationist, as the liberals and some neoconservatives propose.

Keywords: American culture; traditionalism; neoconservatism; liberalism; prophetic radicalism; Catholicism

Chapter.  5889 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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