modernism the jowett lectures 1908

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MODERNISM THE JOWETT LECTURES, 1908 BY PAUL SABATIER AUTHOR OF TH3K LIFE OF ST FRANCIS OF AS SIS I TRANSLATED BY C. A. MILES WITH A PREFACE, NOTES AND APPENDICES NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNERS SONS 1909 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ..... 7 LECTURE I. . 49 LECTURE II. . . . . .91 LECTURE IIL ..... 135 APPENDICES I. ENCYCLICAL Pieni fAnimo . .181 II, PETITION FROM A GROUP OF FRENCH CATHOLICS . . . .197 III. SYLLABUS Lamentabili Sane Exitu . IV. ENCYCLICAL Pascendi . . . 231 INDEX ...... 347 NOTE THE translation of the Syllabus Lamentabili is reprinted from The Tablet by kind permission of the Editor. The translation of the Encyclical Pascendi is the official version originally pub lished in The Tablet and subsequently issued, with modifica tions, by Messrs Burns Gates. INTRODUCTION IN the following pages are reproduced three lectures delivered in London, at the invitation of the Jowett Lectures Committee, during February and March 1908. A month later M. Loisys fourth little orange coloured book appeared Quelques Lettres sm des Questions Actuelles et sitr des Ev nements Recents. The thoughts and questionings revealed in it were so like those which had called forth my lectures, the answers given to those questionings were so similar to my own, although far better and far more authori tative, that at first I made up my mind to publish nothing. On further consideration, however, it occurred to me that what I had thought to be modesty might after all be something quite different. Published by the author at Ceffonds, near Mpntier en Der Haute Marne. 295 pp. M. Loisys three other little orange books are 1. UEvangile et FJSgtise. 4th Edition 1908. 28o xxxivpp. 2. Autffur un Petit Livrt soo xxxvi pp. 3 Simphs Reflexions ur le Dlcret du Saint Office Lamentabili sane Exitu ct sur FEncy clique Pascendi Dominici Gregis. 277 pp 8 INTRODUCTION Because on my poor patch of moorland I can never produce crops to compete with my neighbours, ought I to remain with arms folded The other day I arranged some broom around a plantation of young cedars, to shelter them from the wind after wards, when the broom gave out, I made use of common brushwood. In a few months time this broom and brushwood will be but dry sticks, un noticed and yet still useful. Well, I myself should like to do for Loisy somewhat the same service as these humble plants are doing for the cedars of La Maisonnette. The famous exegetes last book seems to me the simplest and most effective answer that can be given to the questions about Modernism which are being asked on all sides. The movement has produced works of the first rank in almost every field on Biblical criticism, for instance, on church history and the lives of the saints, on dogmatics and religious philosophy, and on social questions but all these have dealt with special and limited subjects, and Modernism has been known to the world chiefly by books. INTRODUCTION 9 That was not enough people wanted to know the authors, to come into personal, living touch with them, to be with them not only when they were teach ing, lecturing, speaking, but also during their long hours of thought and meditation and preparation, their hours of work and prayer, their hours of joy and their hours of suffering. It is just this personal touch that, with rare precision and absolute sincerity, Loisy gives us in his last book. Which of us, in reading the history of great intel lectual and moral crises, has not longed to have been the contemporary and associate of the men who initiated and produced them Well, Quelques Lettres admits us to the intimate society of one of the apostles of Modernism and helps us to under stand the influence which this humble priest ce petit prdtre de rien de tout living in an out-of the-way village in Champagne, is exercising over the whole Christian world, an influence which he himself is the last to realise...
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