The Catholic Enlightenment
A Global Anthology
One strength of this volume is the geographical spread of the figures considered. Included are Catholic thinkers from England, the United States, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, France, Portugal, and the Italian and German-speaking lands. Another strength of this volume is the breadth of subject matter treated – it features pastoral letters, mystical tracts, pedagogical treatises, political manifestos, and theological works. These texts elucidate Catholic Enlightenment views on topics such as the history of women's education, liturgy and devotions, and the relationship between church and state.
The co-editors, Ulrich Lehner and Shaun Blanchard, have assembled a team of international scholars from Europe and the Americas for this exciting project. Lehner is one of the central scholars behind the renewed interest in the Catholic Enlightenment. He co-edits the volume, contributes to the introduction, and introduces and translates two significant German-speaking figures. Shaun Blanchard, who has recently published a monograph on radical Catholic Enlightenment figures, also co-edits, contributes selections from two English-speaking figures and has completed the first English translation of a section of Lodovico Muratori's landmark On the Regulated Devotion of a Christian since 1789.
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"Gone are the days when one could ignore the existence of a rich and vibrant Catholic Enlightenment. This collection of texts, the first of its kind, powerfully brings to light Catholicism's multifaceted engagement with the values and methodologies of the eighteenth century. It is sure to become an indispensable resource for all those interested in the history of Christianity and its role in the intellectual foundations of modernity"—Helena Rosenblatt, author of The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-first Century
"This pioneering volume makes it possible to put key Catholic Enlightenment sources in the hands of American students. It will revolutionize our ability to teach the subject to students at all levels. It will be a major aid in transforming the regnant conception of the Enlightenment as a secular phenomenon hostile to religion."—David Sorkin, author of The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna
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