Liberal Religious Thought at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

Liberal Religious Thought at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...critical. It addresses itself to the clergy and Catholic laity, endeavouring to acquaint them with the progress of religious science in order to awaken the Christian consciousness within them. Archaeological, philological, historical, social, and artistic studies form the bulk of its contents. (Programme distributed in May, 1900.) The first number was issued at the beginning of the present year, and is very interesting reading. There is really here a little movement, very prudent, but real, and deserving the sympathy of all who are fighting for the independence of religious thought. But the first number had scarcely seen the light when it was bitterly criticised by the clerical journal 'Civilta Cattolica.' It was particularly hostile to the chronicle which gave a rapid sketch of all works that had appeared in the course of the month, whether Protestant or Catholic; and its remarks remind one of the saying ascribed to Mahomet concerning the Library of Alexandria, 'The learned have no need of this sort of information; it is dangerous for the ignorant: therefore it is useless.' Professor Umberto Fracassini, Rector of the Seminary at Perugia, and one of the contributors to the above Review, has not written much, but has exerted a certain influence by his teaching. He has been studying the Bible for a considerable number of years, being persuaded that such study according to modern critical methods, and with the modern resources of history and philology, cannot but aid its understanding and render service to religion. But he too, like all the others, is obliged to keep back his thoughts. The men I have named are certainly not the only ones; but they are, I believe, the most active. Why are there so few of them? The want of money, the necessity of...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623231
  • 9781236623232