London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1963. Later printing. Hardcover. Red cloth with dustjacket. 184p. Dustjacket lightly soiled and torn at edges. Otherwise a clean and tight book that appears to have been seldom read. In very good condition. Item #122732
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 features a Foreword by noted historian, A.R. Vidler. The book was written at the end of Tyrrell's short life. It is Tyrrell's rejection of both Liberal Protestantism and an insufficient concept of doctrinal development, which he thought plagued the Catholic Church of his day. Key text for understanding the modernist crisis beyond polemical caricatures of the key players.