Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution

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Gregory Baum, Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014), 240 pp. Cased. $110. ISBN 978-0-7735-4325-6. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4326-3.

Catholic theolog y has through the ages drawn on tradition, scripture, and contemporary thought. Baum, an eminent Canadian scholar and former Augustinian religious, was, like Ratzinger, a consultant at Vatican II but came to interpret the Council in a ver y radical way, putting most emphasis on contemporar y thought. This book provides a bridge between the contrasting theologies of francophone and anglophone Canada with an overview of thought in Quebec since 1962. Before then Quebec relied on a vulgarised Thomism which regarded even Jacque Maritain with suspicion, and was rationalist and other-worldly, and stressed objective truth. This was replaced by relativism, and a view of God immanent rather than transcendent, verging on pantheism with Jesus as Man rather than God. The Council's definite rejection of extra ecclesia nulla salus ('error has no rights') and anti-Semitism was enthusiastically adopted. This climate of opinion, combined with the implementation of a welfare state and the secularisation of education, led from 1962 onwards to the transformation of Quebec. …

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