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The Appeal Of Logic

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Most members of the small world of specialists in Belgium indeed used to dwell at the country's Catholic universities. Faced with the dramatic downfall of traditional forms of mass Catholicism from the 1960s onwards, they found inspiration and reassurance in Delumeau's work, while experiencing both hope and frustration in the wake of that other great reform council, Vatican II. A blend of Jedinian reflexes and the insights, themes, and methodological innovations borrowed from Delumeau, Le Bras, and other tycoons of French historiography has provided for a powerful model of Catholic renewal in the Low Countries and elsewhere. Confessionalisation as an effect is either a synoptic snapshot made by the historian of the contingent and pluriform outcomes of negotiations over roles, interests, and identities in a religious context; or a mise-en-scène of confessional unity operated by full-blown actors; whether in Processions of the Holy Sacrament or in the dry status animarum.

Keywords: academic interests; Catholicism; confessionalisation; Low Countries



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