London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1908. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Black cloth. viii, 210p. Some shelf wear. Cracking present. Some pages show foxing. Pencil marginalia throughout. Overall book is in good condition. Item #122731
George Tyrrell, S.J. (6 February 1861 – 15 July 1909), was an Irish Jesuit priest (until his expulsion from the Society) and a modernist theologian and scholar. His attempts to evolve and adapt Catholic theology in the context of modern ideas made him a key figure in the modernist controversy within the Roman Catholic Church in the late 19th century. Tyrrell was disciplined under Pope Pius X for advocating "the right of each age to adjust the historico-philosophical expression of Christianity to contemporary certainties, and thus to put an end to this utterly needless conflict between faith and science which is a mere theological bogey."
This book is Tyrrell's response to Cardinal Mercier's public denouncement of Tyrrell in Mercier's lenten pastoral of 1908. Key text for understanding Tyrrell's own assessment of "modernism," its strengths, and its weaknesses, especially vis-a-vis the "medievalism" he accuses the Catholic hierarchy of espousing over against "modernism."