The Modern Era of Church History (1648 to 1962 AD)

The Modern era of church history ran from 1648 to 1962 AD. It had three subunits: Enlightenment; Revolution; and Intransigence.

 


 

ENLIGHTENMENT
1648 to 1789 AD

 

Rene Descartes (died 1650 AD)

WROTE:

Dis­course on the Method

Blaise Pascal (died 1662 AD)

WROTE:

Pensées

Baruch Spinoza (died 1677 AD)

WROTE:

Ethics

John Bunyan (died 1688 AD)

WROTE:

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Brother Lawrence (died 1691 AD)

WROTE:

The Practice of the Presence of God

Alphonsus Liguori (died 1787 AD)

Doctor of the Catholic Church

WROTE:

The­ologiae Moralis

Talking with God (150 pages)

Twelve Steps to Holiness (216 pages)

 

REVOLUTION
1789 to 1870 AD

 

Immanuel Kant (died 1804 AD)

WROTE:

Religion Within the Limits of Reason

The Philokalia

By Makarios of Corinth (died 1805), and Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain (died 1809).

Elizabeth Ann Seton (died 1821)

WROTE:

Conference to her spiritual daughters

Friedrich Schleiermacher (died 1834 AD)

WROTE:

Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despis­ers

Andrew Dung-Lac (died 1839)

Martyr

John Henry Newman (died 1845 AD)

WROTE:

Lectures on Justification

Søren Kierkegaard (died 1855 AD)

WROTE:

Fear and Trembling

First Council of the Vatican (1869-1870)

(Ecumenical) Council. Held in Italy. About 700 prelates attended. Reaffirmed traditional Catholic teachings. Declared the infallibility of the pope.

 

INTRANSIGENCE
1870 to 1962

 

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (died 1881 AD)

WROTE:

The Brothers Karamazov

The Way of a Pilgrim (1884)

By an unknown author

Gerard Manley Hopkins (died 1889 AD)

WROTE:

Poetry

Thérèse of Lisieux (died 1897 AD)

Doctor of the Catholic Church

Also known as the Little Flower.

Mystic

WROTE:

The Story of a Soul

Leo XIII (died 1903 AD)

WROTE:

Rerum Novarum

G. K. Chesterton (died 1936 AD)

WROTE:

Orthodoxy

Thomas Raymond Kelly (died 1941 AD)

Quaker mystic

WROTE:

A Testament of Devotion (160 pages)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (died 1945)

WROTE:

The Cost of Discipleship

Life Together (122 pages)

 

AND A FEW MORE

 

Here are a few more.

Admittedly, they passed away during The Postmodern Era. However, their greatest influence was during this Modern Era.

And so we list them on this page:

Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967)

A Protestant medical doctor, writer, and theologian. She wrote more than 60 books of spirituality and theology. She was a Mystic, and she had the stigmata.

SELECT WRITINGS:

Book of all Saints

Confession

Elijah

Handmaid of the Lord

John, Volumes 1 to 4

Letter to the Colossians

Letter to the Ephesians

Light and Images

Lumina | New Lumina

Man Before God

Mary in the Redemption

My Early Years

Mystery of Death

The Book of All Saints

The Boundless God

The Christian State of Life

The Countenance of the Father

The Cross: Word and Sacrament

The Gates of Eternal Life

The Holy Mass

The Mission of the Prophets

The Passion from Within

They Followed His Call

Three Women and the Lord

Victory of Love

With God and with Men: Prayers

World of Prayer

Karl Rahner (1904-1984)

One of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

SELECT WRITINGS:

Content of Faith (199 pages)

Hearers of the Word

Homanisation and Incarnation

Foundations of Christian Faith

I Remember

Mystical Way of Contemplative Life (199 pages)

Spirit in the World

Spiritual Writings (200 pages)

The Trinity

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988)

One of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

In 2018, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chur formally opened their cause towards his sainthood.

SELECT WRITINGS:

The Glory of the Lord (7 volumes)

Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory (5 volumes)

Theo-Logic (3 volumes)

Dare We Hope

Henri de Lubac (1896-1991)

French existentialist. One of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

His writings and doctrinal research played a key role in shaping the Second Vatican Council.

SELECT WRITINGS:

Catholicism: Christ and Common Destiny of Man

Christian Sources

Corpus Mysticum

Drame de l’humanisme athée

De la connaissance de Dieu

Surnaturel: Études historiques

Paradoxes of Faith (236 pages)

Yves Congar (1904-1995)

Ecclesiologist. One of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

SELECT WRITINGS:

True and False Reform in the Church

Mon Journal du Concile I-II, présenté et annoté par Éric Mahieu (two volumes)

The Meaning of Tradition (172 pages)

After Nine Hundred Years

 


INDEX

The Patristic Era of Church History (33 to 590 AD)

The Medieval Era of Church History (590 to 1417 AD)

The Reformation Era of Church History (1417 to 1648 AD)

The Modern Era of Church History (1648 to 1962 AD)

The Postmodern Era of Church History (1962 AD to present)

The Ecumenical Councils

The Doctors of the Catholic Church


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