HIST 2842 Catholicism Confronts Modernity (Spring: 3 )
From the French Revolution until the middle of the 20th century, Catholicism was largely defined by its opposition to "modernity." Subjective individualism, secularism, and the notion of historical progress were all rejected as antithetical to the Catholic worldview. After WWII, the Church adopted a more accommodating stance, culminating in the reforms of Vatican II; yet it remains, in important ways, fundamentally "askew" to the modern world. In this course, we will explore the fraught relationship between Catholicism and modernity, engaging with the social, political, cultural, and intellectual aspects of the issue through a variety of primary and secondary sources.
Instructor(s): Kasper Volk
Last Updated: 12-Jun-15