Item description for Creative Fidelity: American Catholic Intellectual Traditions (American Catholic Identities) by R. Scott Appleby, Patricia Byrne & William L. Portier...
Finding themselves in a Protestant nation with little interest and less respect for Catholic habits of mind, often the sons and daughters of immigrants who had no training in the intellectual life of their native cultures, Catholics found themselves challenged to show one could be both Catholic and American. The result was one that Appleby, Byrne, and Portier see as a work of creative fidelity. In this book, the editors offer the reader a chance to see what Catholics from the earliest days to the present grappled with that task. In the process, we gain insight into such questions as, Is there or even ought there be a distinctively Catholic intellectual style? How can Catholics best bring their insights into the nature and shape of the common weal into the public forum to influence debates? Some texts will seem quaint. Others, though, take on immense relevance as one comes to understand the relative poverty of secular ethics in coming to grips with many of the truly great issues that matter most to how a nation ought to live its life. Texts from figures as different as Thomas Merton and John Carroll, Orestes Brownson and John Courtney Murray illuminate the landscape of American Catholic intellectual life. This book is absolutely important for college courses on Catholic life and history, but it will also be fascinating reading for the general reader who wants to understand how the Catholic people made themselves a richly furnished intellectual home in an often hostile land.
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.56" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Orbis Books
Series American Catholic Identities
ISBN 1570754543 ISBN13 9781570754548
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More About R. Scott Appleby, Patricia Byrne & William L. Portier
R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and serves as a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
R. Scott Appleby currently resides in the state of New Hampshire. R. Scott Appleby was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Notre Dame.
R. Scott Appleby has published or released items in the following series...
Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Am
Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Americ