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Acknowledgements Contents Introduction Katherine Davies and Toby Garfitt 1. "Catholicisme ondoyant": Catholic Intellectual Engagement and the Crisis of Civilization in the 1930s Michael Kelly 2. Paul Valery and French Catholicism: Recognizing the Context of Renewal Paul Gifford 3. A Strange Christian: Simone Weil Florence De Lussy 4. Grenier and the Essai sur l'esprit d'orthodoxie Toby Garfitt 5. Charles Du Bos's Catholicism and his Politics of Sincerity in Interwar France Katherine Davies 6. From Mystique to Theologique: Messiaen's "ordre nouveau," 1935-1939 Stephen Schloesser 7. Rethinking the Modernity of Bernanos: a Girardian Perspective Brian Sudlow 8. "Into the Catacombs of the Past": Women and Wartime Trauma in the French Catholic Ressourcement Project (1939-1945) Brenna Moore 9. La Releve and its Afterlife: A Current of Catholic Renewal in Twentieth-Century Quebec Joseph Dunlop 10. Louis Massignon: A Catholic Encounter with Islam and the Middle East Anthony O'Mahony

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Katherine Davies held lectureships in modern European history at Magdalen College Oxford and at Manchester, following which she became an independent researcher including consultancy work at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and the Overseas Development Institute. Her publications include "A Third-Way Catholic Intellectual: Charles Du Bos, Tragedy and Ethics in Interwar Paris," Journal of the History of Ideas (2010), and "Continuity, Change and Contest: Meanings of 'Humanitarian' from the 'Religion of Humanity' to the Kosovo Wars" (2012). Toby Garfittis tutorial fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He works on French literature of the last hundred years, with a particular interest in Catholic writers such as Mauriac, Bernanos, Patrice de La Tour du Pin, and Sylvie Germain. His latest books include Jean Grenier. Un ecrivain et un maitre: contribution a l'histoire intellectuelle du vingtieme siecle (2010) and Jean Grenier Jean Guehenno, Correspondance 1927-1969 (2011). Among recent articles, "Newman at the Sorbonne, or, the Vicissitudes of an Important Philosophical Heritage in Inter-war France" was published in History of European Ideas (2014), and "The Embodied Philosophy of Jean Grenier" in Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying (2014).


"God's Mirror illuminates a critical moment in the encounter between Catholicism, modernity, intellectual integrity, artistic creativity, and political commitment. Specialists will appreciate the authors' many original insights into the struggles of path-breaking French Catholic intellectuals in the 1930s and '40s. All of us should welcome the renewed attention the book brings to these forerunners of Vatican II and the transformation of world Catholicism." -- -Peter Steinfels University Professor Emeritus at Fordham "God's Mirror is a substantial contribution to twentieth-century French intellectual history, and more broadly to the history of Catholicism. The editors build on previous scholarship on Catholic intellectual life and political activism by highlighting the work of journalists, scholars, and artists who participated in the Catholic renewal of the mid-twentieth century." -- -Thomas Kselman University of Notre Dame "The essays in this volume reflect a broad range of subject matters-literature, music, philosophy, theology, inter-religious dialogue, social and political events-that will expand the horizons of readers in presenting the rich texture of French Catholicism during the period surveyed. The themes of renewal and engagement, the recurrent ideas, and overlapping networks among the figures discussed in the essays give unity to the diversity, making this a work that is collaborative rather than simply collected. Familiar figures can be seen in new ways, unsuspected dimensions of movements are brought to light, and connections among disparate aspects of life are convincingly made. A book to stimulate thought and enhance appreciation of multiple dimensions of French Catholic intellectual culture." -- -Charles Talar University of St. Thomas in Houston

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