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3. Catholic Faith in a Secular Age

3. Catholic Faith in a Secular Age

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A study of the Catholic faith and secularism with a veiew to mobilizing action to combat it among Catholics
A study of the Catholic faith and secularism with a veiew to mobilizing action to combat it among Catholics

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Catholic Faithin aSecular Age
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Bernard D. Green SDS
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Contents
Introduction.........................................................................................4I............................................................................................................6Defining secularism.............................................................................62........................................................................................................20 The dangers of secularism................................................................20 The influence of secularism..........................................................203........................................................................................................26 The challenge to Catholics................................................................26 The influence of secularism on ordinary people...........................29Secularism and the future.............................................................31Secularism and the providence of God.........................................334........................................................................................................35 The secular and secularism...............................................................35Introduction...................................................................................35 The importance of the secular......................................................36 The emergence of secularism.......................................................37A positive view of secularism........................................................38 The mission of the Church............................................................39Secularism as an ideology.............................................................42 The process of secularization........................................................43 The results of secularization.........................................................44Progress and fulfillment................................................................45Nature and usefulness..................................................................47Fragmentation in modern life........................................................48 The medieval and modern world view..........................................49Post-modernity and nihilism..........................................................502
 
 The new situation..........................................................................52Rights and morality.......................................................................535........................................................................................................55 The task of the Church......................................................................55Introduction...................................................................................55 The challenge to the Church.........................................................56Human development and the common good................................57Catholic health and social doctrine...............................................57 The vocation of the laity...............................................................60 The culture of death......................................................................61Reason and the secular.................................................................63Salvation and the culture of life....................................................64 The Church as a counter-culture...................................................66A political agenda..........................................................................67Accepting the cross.......................................................................68 The Catholic spirit.........................................................................69 The challenge to the Catholic.......................................................72Conclusion.........................................................................................74Signs of hope.................................................................................74Appreciating the secular...............................................................76Political implications......................................................................77In the world, for the world but not of the world............................793

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