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In Search of an American CatholicismA History of Religion and Culture in Tension$
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Jay P. Dolan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195069266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195069269.001.0001

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Catholicism in an Age of Democracy

Catholicism in an Age of Democracy

(p.13) Chapter One Catholicism in an Age of Democracy
In Search of an American Catholicism

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Examines American Catholicism in an age of democracy – the period from 1780–1820. The American Revolution ushered in a new age, and henceforth, democracy became a defining element of American culture. How this concept influenced Catholicism makes up a major portion of this chapter. This period was also a time when certain seals of the Enlightenment took hold among Catholics. Such ideals shaped the way Catholics thought about their religion in this age of reason and started the development of a distinctive American version of Catholicism.

Keywords:   American Catholicism, American culture, American Revolution, Catholicism, culture, democracy, history

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