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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Nov 21 2020 11:11 AM

Looking for a resource that would cover Catholic theological history/development from the French Revolution until today. As a Lutheran, I can certainly see that this has taken place, and can even name some highlights for it. But in my study I have not yet found a good study that really tells the story.

Ideally this resource would be in Verbum/Logos, but I am more interested in finding the right resource than the particular format. Of course, if it isn't in Verbum, this would be a good place to speak about how it should be.

SDG

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 21 2020 11:48 AM

Shalom Ken!

I'm reformed but last month I finished "New Short History of the Catholic Church" by Norman Tanner. I enjoyed reading this book. However, the 19th and 20th centuries are only discussed in the last chapter (~40 pages).

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 21 2020 1:26 PM

Ken McGuire:
Looking for a resource that would cover Catholic theological history/development from the French Revolution until today. As a Lutheran, I can certainly see that this has taken place, and can even name some highlights for it. But in my study I have not yet found a good study that really tells the story.

It's difficult to write something like this, especially because of the (ongoing) theological disputes about the interpretation--and even the very nature of--the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), everything that led up to it, and (still more) everything that has come since. Insofar as writing a history of thought always requires interpretation of that thought, it would be very helpful if the dust had already settled.

That said, I can and do recommend Catholic Theology by Australian theologian Tracey Rowland. While not a history per se, it addresses (quite well) the present and recent Catholic theological schools, their development--principally over the last ~120 years--and their ongoing theological interactions. In addition to covering the last century pretty well, it will help equip you to notice/discern the hermeneutical approach of 'strictly' historical works addressing recent and less-recent Catholic theological developments.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 21 2020 2:28 PM

SineNomine:
It's difficult to write something like this, especially because of the (ongoing) theological disputes about the interpretation--and even the very nature of--the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), everything that led up to it, and (still more) everything that has come since. Insofar as writing a history of thought always requires interpretation of that thought, it would be very helpful if the dust had already settled.

Of course any telling of that story would hit on things that are still contested. And yet, it seems to me that a remarkable amount of dust HAS settled in the last forty years - or at least many extreme takes on Vatican 2 have been eliminated. Thank you for the recommendation. It is now on my wishlist.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 21 2020 4:25 PM

Ken McGuire:
And yet, it seems to me that a remarkable amount of dust HAS settled in the last forty years - or at least many extreme takes on Vatican 2 have been eliminated.

There are definitely a number of opinions about it that have become less generally credible.

Ken McGuire:
Thank you for the recommendation. It is now on my wishlist.

You're very welcome. Smile

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