Mending secular fragmentation

Brian Sudlow

in Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England, 1880-1914

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083112
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703137 | DOI:
Mending secular fragmentation

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This chapter provides a useful paradigm to analyse anti-secular alternatives. It outlines ways in which French and English Catholic writers seek to reimagine society and economics on a sacred basis. Cavanaugh's Eucharistic counter-politics has helped to draw out some of the governing dynamics at work in their writings. In spite of the religious shape of cultural and historic roots, the passionate neo-monarchism of the French Catholic writers—monarchism shaped more by Maurrassian influence than anything else—apes Republican State idealism, with its absolute confidence in monarchy as a panacea. The roots of such confidence arguably go back to the direction taken by the French monarchy under the influence of the divine right of kings, a paradoxically secular model—because conflating religion and politics and subjecting the former to the latter—in religious clothing.

Keywords: Eucharistic counter-politics; neo-monarchism; secular model; French Catholic writers; French monarchy; monarchism; Maurrassian; Republican State idealism; religious clothing

Chapter.  9503 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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