Simpson and Catholic Modernist Views of Dogma

Josef L. Altholz, Professor of History, University of Minnesota


Chapter four, note 27, of the author's The Liberal Catholic Movement in England: The "Rambler" and its Contributors, 1848-1864, which Burns and Oates (London) published in 1962. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Simpson, "Reason and Faith," Rambler, n.s., V (July 1861), 182.

Modernists regard dogma as itself subject to change in conformity with scientific criticism. Simpson sometimes used language which seemed to imply the same thing, but he had too high a regard for dogma to be a Modernist. Although the Liberal Catholics advanced "many suggestive ideas which might have been taken up and developed by the modernists ... there is no evidence of any direct relation between the two movements." Alec R. Vidler, The Modernist Movement in the Roman Church (Cambridge, 1934), p. 50.


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