Recovering American Catholic Inculturation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-30
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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"In Recovering American Catholic Inculturation, McNeil follows the case of Bishop John England, who chose to govern the Diocese of Charleston with a Constitution that assigned rights and responsibilities to the church's membership. He argues that this was not a case of simple accommodation to Enlightenment rationality and autonomous individuality. Bishop England's adaptation of Catholicism should be understood as both a retrieval and an application of theoretical thinking to the practical judgment of specific contexts on the basis of reason and pragmatic esthetics. Social conflicts of interest are resolved through the allowance of an exercise of faith and reason within contexts wherein we understand and experience the truth of the situation is never final and that "good" and the "better" are not private, subjective, static nor simply progressive. Contemporary critics have often resorted more to static categories and political projections onto the earlier American experience than is warranted by a close study of the original texts of the founders of the American Republic or, particularly for this study, a personage such as John England. The study concludes that a re-embarkation on the road of inculturation is long overdue for American Catholicism."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Lou F. McNeil is associate professor of religious studies and theology, as well as director of the Graduate Program in Theology for Georgian Court University.

Table of Contents

Life, Vision and Response at the Margins
Living and Leading within a Minority
A Vision from the Margins
Dimensions and Directions in the Ecclesial Response
Appendix: The Constitution of the Diocese of Charleston. 1839
Index of Names
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