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The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism

Mark S. Massa


Using Thomas Kuhn’s understanding of “paradigms” within the history of science, this book examines how different models of natural law were presented by Catholic theologians in order to offer more compelling and coherent understandings of what the natural law is, and how Catholic theology uses it. The author explores whether the application of Kuhn’s ideas to the heated Catholic debates over natural law might offer a more dispassionate way of understanding the development of a theological micro-tradition. The book argues that the micro-traditions of theology (most specifically the micro-tradit ... More

Keywords: natural law, Vatican II, birth control, Humanae Vitae, Catholic ethics, paradigm shift

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190851408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Massa, author
Professor of Church History, Boston College