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Cardinal Mercier in the First World War
Belgium, Germany and the Catholic Church
Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Archbishop of Malines, was the incarnation of the Belgian resistance against the German occupation during the First World War. With his famous pastoral letter of Christmas 1914 'Patriotisme et Endurance' he reached a wide audience, and gained international influence and respect.Mercier's distinct patriotic stance...
Life Inside the Cloister
Understanding Monastic Architecture—Tradition, Reformation, Adaptive Reuse
Christian monasteries and convents, built throughout Europe for the best part of 1,500 years, are now at a crossroads. This study attempts to understand the sacred architecture of monasteries as a process of the tangible and symbolic organisation of space and time for religious communities. Despite the weight of seemingly immutable monastic...
Religion, Colonization and Decolonization in Congo, 1885–1960/Religion, colonisation et décolonisation au Congo, 1885–1960
Religion in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo has many faces: from the overflowing seminaries, the Marian shrines of the Catholic Church, the Islamic brotherhoods, and the Jewish community of Lubumbashi, to the ‘African’ churches of the Congolese diaspora in Brussels and Paris, the healers of Kimbanguism, the televangelism of the booming...
Universalism and Liberation
Italian Catholic Culture and the Idea of International Community, 1963–1978
After decades of a problematic, if not plainly hostile, approach to modernity by Catholic culture, the 1960s marked the beginning of a new era. As the Church employed a more positive approach to the world, voices in the Catholic milieu embraced a radical perspective, channeling the need for social justice for the poor and the oppressed. The...
Sign or Symptom?
Exceptional Corporeal Phenomena in Religion and Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Described as 'the hand of God', as ‘pathological’ or even as ‘a clever trick’, exceptional corporeal phenomena such as miraculous cures, stigmata, and incorrupt corpses have triggered heated debates in the past. Depending on their definition as either ‘supernatural’, ‘psycho-somatic’ or ‘fraudulent’, different authorities have sought to explain...
World Views and Worldly Wisdom
Religion, Ideology and Politics, 1750-2000
Emiel Lamberts, professor emeritus of contemporary history at KU Leuven, is an international expert in the political and religious history of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work and the central themes in his research are the focus of World Views and Worldly Wisdom.
The Struggle with Leviathan
Social Responses to the Omnipotence of the State, 1815-1965
The opposition to the omnipotence of the state had a significant impact on the political organization of European society. The Struggle with Leviathan pays special attention to the social strategy to counterbalance the power of the state and is structured around the fascinating biography of the Austrian diplomat Gustav von Blome.
Mission and Science
Missiology Revised/Missiologie revisitée, 1850–1940
Mission & Science deals with the interaction between new scientific disciplines (historiography, geography, ethnology, anthropology, linguistics) and new scientific insights (Darwin's evolutionary theory, heliocentrism), as well as the role of the papacy and what inspired missionary practice (first in China and the Far East and later in Africa).
Polity and the Catholic Church—Laws about Life, Death and the Family in So-called Catholic Countries
For centuries the Catholic Church was able to impose its ethical rules in matters related to the intimate, that is, questions concerning life in the so-called Catholic countries in Western Europe. When the polity started to introduce legislation in opposition to the Catholic ethic, the ecclesiastical authorities and part of the population reacted.
Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
This book revisits the Christian home of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and sheds light on the stereotypical distinction between the private and public spheres and their inhabitants.