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By Michael Printy

This ebook tells the tale of the way eighteenth-century German Catholics rethought the Church. trained German Catholics expected a Church that will solidify the hyperlink among faith, civilization, and morality. the 1st account of the German Catholic Enlightenment, this booklet explores the ways that eighteenth-century Germans reconceived the connection among faith, society, and the nation. looking a stability among Germany and Rome, Catholic reformers wanted a countrywide Church that will get pleasure from a wide degree of autonomy yet could nonetheless be in communion with the common Church. In attempting to reform the Church, knowledgeable Catholics within the Holy Roman Empire wondered not just what it intended to be Catholic, but in addition what it intended to be German. within the procedure, they created German Catholicism. Arguing that German confessional identities have been recast within the eighteenth century, this publication forces a revision of our knowing of the German Enlightenment and its position in sleek German history.

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