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Interesting New Book on Catholic History Forthcoming

Interesting New Book on Catholic History Forthcoming October 20, 2014

Arriving next month from Christendom Press

The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition, and the Renewal of Catholic History

Christopher Shannon
Christopher O. Blum

In this book, Catholic historians Shannon and Blum challenge the secular bias currently prevalent among professional historians, and argue for the compatibility of faith and reason in the study of the past. Inspired by the understanding of tradition developed in the work of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, the authors first critically examine both the internal contradictions and the enduring faith commitments of secular objectivity, then proceed to explore various traditions of Catholic historical thinking capable of synthesizing the technical advances of modern history with distinctly Catholic historical narratives. Their argument seeks to foster a conversation about the ways in which Catholic historians can integrate their faith traditions into their professional work while still remaining open to and engaged with the best of contemporary, non-Catholic thinking and writing about history.

Advance Praise for The Past as Pilgrimage

“Shannon and Blum . . . have added an important voice to the debate about the vocation of the Christian historian.”
— Fr. James L. Heft, S.M., President, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California

“A provocative and reverent book, which deserves a very wide readership.”
— Wilfred M. McClay, Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma

“Future historians will point to this book as a classic text that accomplished for the field of history what MacIntyre accomplished for philosophy. A must read.”
— Matthew Levering, Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

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