Download PDF by Gregory Baum: Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec

By Gregory Baum

ISBN-10: 0773543252

ISBN-13: 9780773543256

After the Quiet Revolution, the Catholic church misplaced its stronghold in Quebec. regardless of this decline, or maybe as a result of it, modern Catholic inspiration in Quebec indicates a daring creativity. honestly and Relevance, Gregory Baum introduces, contextualizes, and translates Catholic theological writing in Quebec because the Sixties, and offers this physique of labor for an anglophone readership. Baum exhibits how Catholic theologians, encouraged through the second one Vatican Council (1962-65), exposed the social which means within the Christian message, permitting them to handle many difficulties and matters of up to date society. With reliance at the Gospel, they supported Quebec's new self-understanding, embraced its nationalism less than yes stipulations, fostered social unity, criticized the unregulated marketplace method, demanded gender equality, and known as for admire of latest spiritual and cultural pluralism. abandoning the Catholicism of Quebec's previous, those theologians embraced the humanistic values of contemporary society, spotting their affinity with the Gospel, whereas while revealing the damaging power of modernity, its individualism, utilitarianism, relativism, and its hyperlink to empire and capitalism. Weaving jointly theological and sociological reflections, fact and Relevance is an interesting account of modernity, secularism, and the evolution of the Catholic church in Quebec.

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In these societies the Church became an integral part of the national myth that defined the collective spirit of the people. In the Quiet Revolution, Quebec redefined its collective identity. In the past, the province of Quebec had seen itself as the cradle and core of the Canada-wide French-Canadian nation, a nation united by its ethnic origin, its religion, its culture, and its common language. With the Quiet Revolution, Quebecers began to affirm their province as the Quebec nation, defined not in ethnic or religious terms, but as a modern society based on citizenship and hence open to ethnic, cultural, and religious pluralism.

Indb 29 2014-02-07 12:34:58 30 Truth and Relevance blend new sciences and theories and the understanding of the most recent discoveries with Christian morality and the teaching of Christian doctrine, so that their religious culture and morality may keep pace with scientific knowledge and with the constantly progressing technology. 6 It is to be hoped that many of the laity will receive a sufficient formation in the sacred sciences and that some will dedicate themselves professionally to these studies, developing and deepening them by their own labors.

Karl Rahner has been credited as the first theologian to rethink fundamental theology in this way,15 an approach that was followed in the first part of the conciliar document Gaudium et Spes. I remember the debate among the bishops at the Council about how to address the world community in the document that was to become Gaudium et Spes. Should the Church speak to the world in terms of reason and natural law (as did the encyclicals on Catholic social teaching prior to Pope John XXIII)? Or should the Church simply proclaim the biblical message to humanity?

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