Shadows of Doubt: Language and Truth in Post-Reformation Catholic Culture

Shadows of Doubt: Language and Truth in Post-Reformation Catholic Culture

Stefania Tutino


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In a compelling exam of the hermeneutical and epistemological anxieties gripping either the early glossy and our present global, Stefania Tutino exhibits that post-Reformation Catholicism didn't easily bring in modernity, yet postmodernity besides. This deft research offers new perception into and a clean point of view at the context of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic reaction to it.

Shadows of Doubt presents a suite of case-studies situated at the courting among language, the reality of guys, and the reality of theology. every one of these case-studies remove darkness from little-known figures within the background of early sleek Catholicism. whereas the militant facets of post-Tridentine Catholicism might be favored by way of learning figures equivalent to Robert Bellarmine or Cesare Baronio, who have been the forged pillars of the highbrow and theological constitution of the Church of Rome, an realizing of the extra fragile and shadowy features of early modernity calls for an exploration of the demimonde of post-Reformation Catholicism. Tutino examines the thinkers whom few students point out and less learn, demonstrating that post-Reformation Catholicism used to be now not easily a global of stable certainties to be against the Protestant falsehoods, but in addition an international during which the sturdy fact of theology existed along and contributed to a couple of a long way much less good truths about the global of fellows. Post-Reformation Catholic tradition was once not just considering articulating and asserting absolute truths, but in addition with exploring and negotiating the complicated hyperlinks among sure bet and uncertainty.

By bringing to gentle this interesting and hitherto mostly unexamined aspect of post-Tridentine Catholicism, Tutino finds that post-Reformation Catholic tradition used to be a colourful laboratory for plenty of of the problems that we are facing this day: it was once an international of fractures and fractured truths which we, with a heightened sensitivity to discrepancies and discontinuities, are actually well-suited to understand.

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