What Hath Sociology To Do With Catholicism?: An Orthodox Catholic Response to Tertullian, Comte, and Marx
Appeared in Summer 2003, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2
Although for different reasons, Tertullian, Comte, and Marx would all answer the question contained in this essay’s title in the negative. They would say that sociology, or anything that involves the use of reason, either cannot or should not be integrated – even in a nuanced fashion with qualifications noted – with an orthodox version of the Catholic faith. This essay intends to provide an orthodox Catholic response to these three thinkers and, correspondingly, a defense – theological and methodological – for the concept of a “Catholic sociology.”
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