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When the Enlightenment Hit the Neighborhoods: The Waning of the Catholic Tradition—and Hope for Its Future

When the Enlightenment Hit the Neighborhoods



Part I. The Circumstances

The Great Obliteration

Beautiful Evidence

That Lost World

Religion and the Sacred

Part II. The Story

What's Been Going On for the Past Couple of Hundred Years

How Authority Collapsed

On Our Own Terms

The Taming of Catholicism

Authority in the Church

The Mess We're in Today

Part III. Faith and Reason

Thinking About Faith; Thinking About Reason

Why Aquinas

Part IV. The Future

Recreating Tradition: Belief

Recreating Tradition: Morals

Recreating Tradition: Liturgy

Reforming Church Authority

Primer On Aquinas: The Cool Bits and the Framework

Recommended Reading and Picture Credits

Faith and reason are in a fight and faith is losing.

Why has the traditional, authority-based way of doing faith collapsed? Catholics no longer have a unified understanding of what to believe, how to act, or how to worship. If ex-Catholics were a religious denomination, they would be the third-largest in the U.S. Only fifteen percent of young Catholics attend church regularly. The young, the quizzical, the semi-faithful, the somewhat churched, the unchurched, the agnostic, and the fallen away no longer look to faith for credible insight into how they should live their lives.

Why is there such massive indifference to faith? And why, for those who continue to participate, is there such fragmentation of identity, with splits across the progressive/conservative divide and splits across time, between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church?

In her illustrated personal essay, author Jeanne Follman explores why faith is in such trouble today as she tells the story, and the backstory, of the fifty years since Vatican II, and challenges us to reclaim the experience of the sacred and modernize Church governance.

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Publication Date: October 2012
Over 75 full-color images

Print: Softcover, 8 x 10, 166 Pages, $26.99
ISBN: 978-0-9679456-0-6

Ebook: Available for Kindle and EPUB readers such as iPad and Nook, $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-9679456-1-3