Challenging the Modern World: Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and the Development of Catholic Social Teaching

Challenging the Modern World: Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and the Development of Catholic Social Teaching


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Samuel Gregg provides an insightful, cogent, and thorough analysis of the issues surrounding developments in Catholic social teaching during the pontificate of John Paul II. He compares the treatment in John Paul's social encyclicals of three topics-industrial relations, capitalism, and the relations between developed and developing countries-with the handling of these matters in the social teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Paul VI. Through the application of a comparative exegetical approach to the relevant texts, it becomes apparent that John Paul's development of the teaching derives from several sources. Within this analysis, Gregg considers a more specific and less widely examined issue: the extent to which the development in Catholic social thought has been influenced by the writings of Karol Wojtyla before he became pope in 1978. In addition to revealing an openness to certain modern philosophical insights and expressing a range of views about the modern world, these writings elaborate a distinctive anthropology of man as the conscious subject of moral acts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739104750
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/05/2002
Series: Religion, Politics, and Society in the New Millennium Series
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Samuel Gregg is Director of the Center for Economic Personalism at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsvii
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2The Church in the World29
Chapter 3A Philosopher from Krakow47
Chapter 4Work: The Key to the Social Question77
Chapter 5Industrial Relations: Protecting the Person107
Chapter 6Capitalism: Types, Enterprise, and Culture145
Chapter 7Justice among Nations179
Chapter 8A Critical Engagement with Modernity215
About the Author293

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