A. Required Readings:

    Primary Texts:

      "Church in the Modern World" (Gaudium et spes) ## 1-11 The Documents of Vatican Council II, vol 1 edited by Austin Flannery (New York: Costello, 1996), pp. 903-912.

      Pope John Paul II, The Redeemer of Man, # 15 "What is Modern Man Afraid of" and #16 "Progress or Threat"

Secondary Literature: read one of the following:

    Jacques Maritain, "Integral Humanism and the Crisis of Modern Times," in Scholasticism and Politics (New York: Macmillan, 1940), pp. 11-32


    Jacques Maritain, "Christian Humanism," Range of Reason (New York: Scribner's, 1952), pp 185-199

B. Writing Assignment:

    Write a 3 page paper on the following theme: Select one of the signs of crisis of the "modern" civilization and explain why it is "modern" and why it indicates a "problem" for us today.

C. Supplemental Readings:

    Romano Guardini. Letters from Lake Como: Explorations in Technology and the Human Race. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

    Romano Guardini,. The End of the Modern World. Wilmington: ISI Books, 1998.

    Leo Strauss. "The Crisis of Our Time." In The Predicament of Modern Politics, ed. Harold J. Spaeth, 41-54. Detroit: Univ of Detroit Press, 1964.

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, "Harvard Address: A World Split Apart" In Solzhenitsyn at Harvard. Washington, D.C. Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1980.

    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. Nobel Lecture. New York: Noonday Press, 1972.

    C. S. Lewis. Abolition of Man. New York: Macmillan, 1947.


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