The Irony of Modern Catholic History

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  • How Catholicism stays relevant in the face of modernity
  • Richly told, powerfully persuasive and ultimately hopeful
  • Truths on the timeless nature of our Faith
  • How the Church can continue to survive and flourish
  • A must-read for those who love the faith and will carry it into the future

A powerful new interpretation of Catholicism’s dramatic encounter with modernity, by one of America’s leading intellectuals.

Throughout much of the nineteenth century, both secular and Catholic leaders assumed that the Church and the modern world were locked in a battle to the death. The triumph of modernity would not only finish the Church as a consequential player in world history; it would also lead to the death of religious conviction. But today, the Catholic Church is far more vital and consequential than it was 150 years ago. Ironically, in confronting modernity, the Catholic Church rediscovered its evangelical essence. In the process, Catholicism developed intellectual tools capable of rescuing the imperiled modern project.

A richly rendered, deeply learned, and powerfully argued account of two centuries of profound change in the church and the world, The Irony of Modern Catholic History reveals how Catholicism offers twenty-first century essential truths for our survival and flourishing.

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  • Author: George Weigel
  • 336 pages
  • Hardcover
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The Irony of Modern Catholic History