The Modern Papacy

The Modern Papacy


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The Modern Papacy offers one of the most important and influential strands of conservative, and perhaps libertarian, political thought. This volume focuses on the social and political thought of the previous and current Popes, John Paul II (1920 — 2005) and Benedict XVI (1927-). It focuses on the development of Catholic thinking in the context of the emergence of modern capitalism, mass democracy and Communism in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826430113
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Series: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers , #5
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr Gregg is Director of Research at the Acton Institute. He is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001), On Ordered Liberty (2003), The Commercial Society (2007), as well as monographs such as Ethics and Economics: The Quarrel and the Dialogue (1999), A Theory of Corruption (2004), and Banking, Justice, and the Common Good (2005).

Table of Contents

Series Introduction

Series Editor's Preface

Author's Preface


Chapter 1. Encountering Modernity

In Enlightenment'sWake

From 'Intransigence'to Critical Engagement

From Engagement toCrisis

APhilosopher from Kraków

ATheologian of Land Bayern

A New Papacy, A Distinct Agenda

Chapter 2. Against the Dissolutionof Man

Restoring Wisdom to Reason, andFaith in Reason

A Crisis of Truth and Freedom

Returbaning Europe to Europe

Seeking Responses

Chapter 3. Inside the Modern Areopagus

Restorationists, Accomodationists,and Liberationists

Modernity Critics, New NaturalLawyers, and Catholic Whigs

Secular Rejection, SecularEngagement

A New Terrain

Chapter 4. Paradoxes of Enlightenment

Enlightenment, Progress, andIdeologies of Evil

Benedict at Regensburg

A Wider Agenda

Twenty-First Century Challenges



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