Isn't "Modernism" a term that is limited to a specific historical moment in the Church and Christianity more generally? It seems to me that G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien were addressing "Modernist" affronts to Christianity (and also to aesthetics, but that's a different matter), in addition to Pope Pius X. Are we still talking about the same phenomenon here, or are we talking about a different phenomenon, or something that developed from that phenomenon, but calling it by the same name?I posted this on the original blog post, too, but I'm interested in your perspective.
I don't think he is talking about the same modernism you are describing.
The Catholic Encyclopedia traces Modernism to the French Revolution, but the discussion (and especially Church reaction) of "Modernism" seems limited to the early 20th Century, including reactions by the pope to the modernist literary movement.http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10415a.htmThe Wikipedia entry is less informative, but also discusses it as an early 20th Century phenomenon.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism_(Roman_Catholicism)This is why I was wondering about the relationship between his (and your) understanding of the term now and the historical use.
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