By Phillip M. Thompson
This publication explores the Catholic Church's engagement with technology and know-how within the 20th century via targeting the $64000 function of 4 admired Catholic intellectuals representing the varied highbrow currents in their iteration. The e-book unpacks either the demanding situations and rewards of pursuing such efforts among the Modernist challenge and the second one Vatican Council. This examine of those intellectuals indicates how the Church moved from clash to discussion in its dating with technology and know-how.
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Italy witnessed the connecting of liberal religious thought and radical politics. 64 Pius X was frightened by the challenges from Modernism. ” The secular ideals associated with progress must be “radically removed with a firm hand” from the Church, especially the seminaries. 65 A rash of encyclicals followed E Supremi Apostolatus and attacked disobedience to Church authority from rationalism and materialism, the marginalization of the Christian roots of Western Europe, activist priests, 18 Chapter 1 and those denying the authority of Thomism in the Church.
75 In Catholic intellectual discourse, science as a study of material and biological causation was not a problem per se and many Catholic intellectuals were able to contribute to the sciences while remaining loyal to their faith in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After all, the priest Georges Lemaître (1894–1966) published his findings in 1927, which demonstrated the rate of expansion of the universe and suggested the The Legacy of the Modernist Crisis 21 irreversibility of physical processes through the law of entropy.
In this era of conflict, he proposed that the sciences had a right to disciplinary autonomy in the studying of natural phenomena. A scientist was entitled to a disciplinary liberty according to “the peculiarities of his science” in order to have the “elbow room” essential for new advances. ” This right to independence flowed in part from an inductive epistemology that advanced from experiments to theory. In contrast, religion advances from syllogistic deductions from principles delivered through revelation.
Between Science and Religion: The Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Phillip M. Thompson