Global Catholicism charts the complex history of the forces of renewal unleashed in the Roman Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council and the counter-forces that were mobilized against it during the last half century. Ian Linden offers a comprehensive analysis of how much the Catholic Church has lived up to the Council's promise, come to terms with pluralism, modernity, and different forms of spirituality and become a genuinely world Church, the only competitor to global Islam in the twenty-first century. He focuses on forces that had wider historical importance than the internal evolution of the Roman Catholic Church as a religious organization: war and peace, nationalism and democratization in Africa, liberation theology, military dictatorships, guerrilla movements in Latin America, Africa and Philippines, interaction with communist governments, inculturation and relations with resurgent Islam.
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Ian Linden is a professorial research associate at SOAS, University of London. A past director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, a respected think-tank, he has been writing for Catholic periodicals and magazines for over forty years.
Anyone in need of a well-informed account of how a truly global church emerged from the Euro-centered ambiguities of the Second Vatican Council need seek no further than Ian Linden's book. Written with intellectual energy and lucidity, Linden combines realism with a theologically judicious diagnosis of the church's agendas and predicaments.(Denys Turner, Yale University)
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110199326266