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God's MirrorRenewal and Engagement in French Catholic Intellectual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth Century$
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Katherine Davies and Toby Garfitt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262373

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262373.001.0001

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Charles Du Bos’s Catholicism and His Politics of Sincerity in Interwar France

Charles Du Bos’s Catholicism and His Politics of Sincerity in Interwar France

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God's Mirror

Katherine Davies

Fordham University Press

Katherine Davies explores the role of sincerity in the life and though of the literary critic and Catholic convert, Charles Du Bos. The notion and practice of sincerity, manifest in Du Bos’s spiritual life and literary work, and arguably his touchstone for pluralist engagement, brought into focus the difficult relationship between the temporal and the spiritual self, between ecclesiastical orthodoxy and the autonomy of the individual and writer. The experiential, aesthetic-ethical nature of Du Bos’s faith and his lifelong concern for the inner life of the soul often placed him at odds with the intellectualist system of interwar neo-Thomism. Du Bos’s sincerity was indicative of a broader phenomenon in the 1930s, namely, the quest for authenticity championed by humanist writers and the new so-called “philosophy of the concrete.” Situated between a respect for neo-Thomism and his natural kinship with the concrete historicity of the human being, Du Bos’s sincerity is tentatively suggestive of the first steps towards Nouvelle théologie.

Keywords:   Catholicism, Charles Du Bos, Interwar, France, Engagement, Sincerity, Neo-Thomism

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