Enlightenment and the creation of German Catholicism

This book tells the story of how eighteenth-century German Catholics rethought the Church. Educated German Catholics envisioned a Church that would solidify the link between religion, civilization, and morality. The first account of the German Catholic Enlightenment, this book explores the ways in w...

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Subtitles:Enlightenment & the Creation of German Catholicism
Main Author: Printy, Michael O'Neill (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2009.
Reviews:[Rezension von: Printy, Michael O'Neill, Enlightenment and the creation of German Catholicism] (2011) (Unterburger, Klaus, 1971 - )
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Germany / Catholic church / Intellectual history 1680-1790
B Enlightenment / Catholic church / Germany
B Germany / Catholicism / Enlightenment
Further subjects:B Germany Church history 18th century
B Germany ; Intellectual life ; 18th century
B Germany ; Church history ; 18th century
B Germany Intellectual life, 18th century
B Catholic Church Germany History 18th century
B Enlightenment Germany
B Catholic Church ; Germany ; History ; 18th century
B Germany Intellectual life 18th century
B Catholic Church
B Enlightenment ; Germany
B Germany Church history, 18th century
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Print version: 9780521478397
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Summary:This book tells the story of how eighteenth-century German Catholics rethought the Church. Educated German Catholics envisioned a Church that would solidify the link between religion, civilization, and morality. The first account of the German Catholic Enlightenment, this book explores the ways in which eighteenth-century Germans reconceived the relationship between religion, society, and the state. Seeking a balance between Germany and Rome, Catholic reformers desired a national Church that would enjoy a large measure of autonomy but would still be in communion with the universal Church. In trying to reform the Church, educated Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire questioned not only what it meant to be Catholic, but also what it meant to be German. In the process, they created German Catholicism. Arguing that German confessional identities were recast in the eighteenth century, this book forces a revision of our understanding of the German Enlightenment and its place in modern German history.
Introduction -- Perfect societies : rethinking the church and the state -- The liberty of the German church : febronianism and the German Gallicans -- The German church and the absolute state -- Church and empire in the eighteenth century -- Collegialism : the rise of the state and the redefinition of the church -- The universal church and the universal class -- Catholic enlightenment and the search for a bourgeois Catholicism -- A program for reform -- Pastors of enlightenment : reforming the secular clergy -- Gallican longings : nation and religion in the German enlightenment -- Conclusion
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ISBN:0511575580
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511575587