Shadows of Doubt: Language and Truth in Post-Reformation by Stefania Tutino

By Stefania Tutino

Named a ebook of the yr by way of History Today

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

Shadows of Doubt presents a set of case-studies established at the courting among language, the reality of fellows, and the reality of theology. every one of these case-studies remove darkness from little-known figures within the heritage of early sleek Catholicism. whereas the militant points of post-Tridentine Catholicism will be preferred via learning figures similar to Robert Bellarmine or Cesare Baronio, who have been the cast pillars of the highbrow and theological constitution of the Church of Rome, an realizing of the extra fragile and shadowy facets 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 no longer easily a global of good certainties to be against the Protestant falsehoods, but in addition a global during which the reliable fact of theology existed along and contributed to a couple of some distance much less strong truths in regards to the global of fellows. Post-Reformation Catholic tradition used to be not just excited by articulating and maintaining absolute truths, but in addition with exploring and negotiating the advanced hyperlinks among sure bet and uncertainty.

By bringing to gentle this interesting and hitherto mostly unexamined part 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 present day: it was once an international of fractures and fractured truths which we, with a heightened sensitivity to discrepancies and discontinuities, at the moment are well-suited to understand.

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