Grapho : Concordia Seminary Student Journal

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nature, law, history, modernity, manent, church, christian man, catholic, politics, liberalism, aquinas, vatican

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Manent’s body of work often problematizes the modern conservative impulse to draw on the history of thought with modernity’s conception of history, and this essay will attempt to explain this dynamic. To do this, I will explain the basics of Manent’s account of modernity as a way of evaluating history, drawing on the work of other political philosophers to supplement Manent’s account. Then I will examine how the work of Manent and Emile Perreau-Saussine, with the Catholic response to the Enlightenment, can contribute to the Church’s strategy to engage with the puzzle of modernity. .


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

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Ralph C. Hancock, Pierre Manent, Aquinas, Rousseau,