By Ulrich L. Lehner
Enlightened Monks investigates the social, cultural, philosophical, and theological demanding situations the German Benedictines needed to face among 1740 and 1803, and the way the Enlightenment procedure encouraged the self-understanding and way of life of those spiritual groups. It had an effect on their kinds of verbal exchange, their move of information, their relationships to worldly experts and to the educational global, and likewise their theology and philosophy. The multifaceted achievements of enlightened clergymen, which integrated a powerful trust in person freedom, tolerance, human rights, and non-violence, convey that monasticism used to be for you to turning into absolutely built-in into the Enlightenment. Ulrich L. Lehner refutes the common assumption that clergymen have been reactionary enemies of Enlightenment rules. to the contrary, he demonstrates that many Benedictines carried out the hot rules of the time into their very own structures of concept. This revisionist account contributes to a greater knowing not just of monastic tradition in important Europe, but in addition of Catholic non secular tradition in general.