Western European Liberation Theology
The First Wave (1924-1959)
By (author) Gerd-Rainer Horn
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Western European Liberation Theology by Gerd-Rainer Horn
Book DescriptionWestern European Liberation Theology is the first comprehensive survey of the development of a distinct, progressive variant of Catholicism in twentieth-century Western Europe. This Left Catholicism served to lay the basis for the subsequent events and evolutions associated with Vatican II. Initially emerging within the boundaries of Catholic Action, fuelled by the growing power and self-confidence of the Catholic laity, a series of challenges to received wisdom and an array of novel experiments were launched in various corners of Western Europe. The moment of liberation from Nazi occupation and world war in 1944/45 turned out to be the highpoint of these optimistic paradigm shifts. Concentrating on interrelated developments in theology, Catholic politics and apostolic social action, Gerd-Rainer Horn integrates evidence from Italian, French and Belgian national contexts. Drawing on his research in over twenty archives between Leuven and Rome, he highlights the role of organisations, social movements, and intellectual trends. The pivotal contributions of key individuals are assessed, from theologians such as Jacques Maritain and Emmanuel Mounier, to the millenarian activist priests, Don Zeno Saltini and Don Primo Mazzolari. In conclusion Horn suggests that first-wave Western European Left Catholicism served as an inspiration - and constituted a prototype - for subsequent Third World Liberation Theology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199204496
(223mm x 145mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gerd-Rainer Horn
Western European Liberation Theology, Paperback (July 2015)
Western European Liberation Theology is the first comprehensive survey of the development of a distinct, progressive variant of Catholicism in twentieth-century Western Europe. This Left Catholicism was a basis for the subsequent events and evolutions associated with Vatican II and provided a prototype for Third World Liberation Theology.
Spirit of Vatican II, Hardback (June 2015)
A comprehensive and transnational survey of the radical dynamic unleashed by the innovations emerging from Vatican II. It highlights the intellectual and activist contribution by Catholic thinkers, priests and laypersons in shaping the turbulent decade of the Sixties in Western Europe.
Spirit of '68, Paperback (October 2008)
1968 witnessed a highly unusual sequence of popular rebellions worldwide. Gerd-Rainer Horn offers a fascinating re-assessment of these turbulent times, arguing that 1968 cannot be seen in isolation; it must be viewed in the context of a much larger period of experimentation and revolt.
European Socialists Respond to Fascism, Hardback (October 1996)» View all books by Gerd-Rainer Horn
Triggered into action by the shock effect of the Nazi rise to power in Germany, socialists throughout Western Europe entered an unusually active period of reorientation and debate over political strategy which helped determine the contours of European politics up to the outbreak of the Second World War and beyond.
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Author Biography - Gerd-Rainer Horn
Gerd-Rainer Horn is Professor of Twentieth Century History at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sciences Po."
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