The book presents authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the role of the Catholic church in France over 50 years of social, political and theological change. The impact of social secularization, of the changing role of women, attitudes to sexuality, of dramatic political change - from Algeria, the 1960s, the Mitterand era and the rise of Le Pen - and of battles over education are presented in historical context. The church's responses to challenges to its authority, its teachings and structural resources are analysed. The conclusion asks 'Wither the Catholic Church?' in modern France.
This book briefly reviews the contents of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and includes an extensive Glossary.
Women, Enlightenment and Catholicism explores, for the first time, how Catholic women in Europe used Enlightenment thought and culture in their living contexts to articulate their beliefs about how to live their faith in the world. The chapters address their new understanding of womanhood, conceived independently from marital relationships, distinctive contributions to political and religious philosophy, spirituality, and mysticism, and the womens' efforts to bring scientific knowledge to the attention of other women. This book uses biographical studies of nineteen women to guide students through the complex religious, intellectual, and global connections the Enlightenment influenced.
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