Religious Studies | American Catholic History
R338 | 22967 | Weaver
I have taught this course many different ways, always aiming toward
some kind of coherence. This spring (probably the last time I will
teach R338), I have decided to focus less on coherence and more on
books that I like and find provocative or stimulating. I am listing
the books here with full ordering information and urge you to look
on amazon.com and other places for used copies (often pretty
cheap). Required Texts: 1. Clyde F. Crews, American and Catholic:
A Popular History of Catholicism in the United States. ISBN:
0867161752 2. Diedre M. Moloney, American Catholic Lay Groups and
Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era. ISBN: 080784986-
3 3. Mark S. Massa, Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen,
Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team. ISBN: 0824519558 4.
John J. Fialka, Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America.
ISBN: 0312325967 5. Eugene Kennedy, The Unhealed Wound: The Church
and Human Sexuality. ISBN: 0312266375 6. Ursula King, Spirit of
Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin. ISBN: 1570751773
Course requirements: Approximately 100 pages/week and probable
weekly reading quizzes. Attendance required. Mid-term and final
exams. Short paper. I will fill in the blanks as much as I can
during lecture, but expect students to use web sites and the library
(encyclopedias, e.g.) to look of things they do not understand.
Generally the course has these themes: 1. A brief overview of the
story (Crews); an easy read. 2. Social reform (RC vs. Prot) 1880-
1925 (Moloney); difficult book 3. Catholicism in the 1950s (Massa);
challenging. 4. A Nunsí-eye view of the American Catholic story
(Fialka). Easy read 5. Sexuality (Kennedy) provocative text. 6.
Catholicism and science (King) just for the fun of it. Challenging.