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Making Spirit MatterNeurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France$
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Larry Sommer McGrath

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226699790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226699967.001.0001

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Struggles for Spirit’s Catholic Soul

Struggles for Spirit’s Catholic Soul

(p.167) Chapter 6 Struggles for Spirit’s Catholic Soul
Making Spirit Matter

Larry Sommer McGrath

University of Chicago Press

Ideas of spirit did not enjoy a renaissance only thanks to neurology and psychology; they also took shape in the cultural circumstances of the modernist upheaval in Roman Catholicism during the early twentieth century. Catholic modernism was a multinational movement, which erupted among theologians who sought to reconcile reason and religion. What followed was the official separation of church and state in France in 1905 and the official ban on modernist books in 1907 by Pope Pius X. The chapter focuses on Maurice Blondel and Édouard Le Roy, thinkers who negotiated the Catholic commitments of spiritualist thought. These thinkers did not see eye-to-eye. Le Roy embraced Catholic modernism; Blondel did not. But their ongoing dialogue during the period illuminates how ideas of spirit came to matter afresh for religion.

Keywords:   Maurice Blondel, Édouard Le Roy, Catholic modernism, scholasticism, Pope Pius X, pragmatism

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