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The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement

Ulrich L. Lehner


The most cherished values of modernity are unthinkable without the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Equal rights, the growth of democracy, and the idea of perpetual progress stem from thinkers who lived 250 years ago but whose ideas are as attractive as ever. This book argues that while Catholic beliefs are commonly assumed to be at odds with modernity, most of the progressive reforms associated with the Enlightenment actually began to take shape during the Catholic Counter-Reformation two centuries earlier, and were staunchly defended by enlightened Catholics during the eighteenth century. T ... More

Keywords: modernity, Enlightenment, equal rights, discrimination, democracy, Catholic beliefs, Catholic Counter-Reformation, Vatican II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190232917
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190232917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrich L. Lehner, author
Professor of Religious History at Marquette University