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Catholicism and American freedom : a history

by McGreevy, John T.

Format: Print Book 2003
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Catholicism and American Freedom is a groundbreaking tale of strange bedfellows and bitter conflicts over issues such as slavery, public education, economic reform, the movies, contraception, and abortion. Putting recent scandals in the Church and the media's response in a much larger context, this stimulating history is a model of nuanced scholarship and provocative reading.
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Booklist Review: "As the largest American religious denomination, Catholicism has directly and indirectly influenced intellectual and cultural life in this country. Though significant connections between Catholic ideals and American politics have been largely ignored by historians scrupulously separating church and state issues, there has nevertheless been considerable "interplay between Catholic and American ideas of freedom." McGreevy traces the evolution of this relationship from the mid^-nineteenth century--when the tidal wave of Catholic European immigrants drastically altered the religious balance in the U.S.--to the present day. Controversial topics impacted by American Catholic thought and action include education, slavery, nationalism, social welfare policy, democracy, abortion, and sexual abuse. This thought-provoking combination of religious and social history provides a unique slant on the sizable role Catholicism has played upon the American stage. --Margaret Flanagan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The interplay between the American Catholic Church and the United States has long been a source of tension for both church and state. McGreevy, an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, examines the relationship between the two, beginning with the Eliot School Rebellion in Boston in 1859 and extending into the present day, when questions about abortion and human life dominate the church's engagement with American political life. The author begins by exploring efforts by some Catholics to counter the Protestant brand of Christianity being taught in the nation's public schools in the antebellum period, pointing out the sharp division that existed between Protestants and Catholics in the 19th century. He also discusses how Catholics dealt with slavery, then presents the church's stands on behalf of human life, most notably concerning abortion, a debate preceded and affected by an earlier battle over birth control. McGreevy's final chapter combines a discussion of the proposed "consistent life ethic" linking abortion, poverty, the arms race and the death penalty with a sparse treatment of the church's recent sexual abuse crisis. The author sees the scandal as further evidence of a fragile institution trying to distinguish "permanent truths from contingent applications." McGreevy's work is largely academic, and is presented in such a way that it will be of more interest to scholarly readers than ordinary Catholics. Still, it should be a valuable resource for students of modern church history. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Catholic Church -- United States -- History.
Liberty -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church -- History.
Christianity and politics -- Catholic Church -- History.
Christianity and politics -- United States -- History.
United States -- Church history.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-406) and index.
ISBN 0393047601
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