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Title: Apologetic Theology and the Challenge of Rationalism
Subtitle: The Theological Project of Arnold Tits (1807-1851) and Louvain Traditionalism
Author(s): KENIS, Leo
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 43    Issue: 1   Date: 2020   
Pages: 3-25
DOI: 10.2143/LS.43.1.3287577

Abstract :
Arnold Tits (1807-1851) was a theology professor at the Catholic University of Louvain from 1840 to 1851. He became renowned with his design of an apologetic theology based on traditionalist ideas concerning human knowledge and religious faith, which he developed with his colleague, the philosopher G.C. Ubaghs. From the start, this project was increasingly criticized by proponents of classic Catholic theology. In the 1860s it was condemned by the Holy See, and later on replaced by Neo-Thomism that immediately gained prominence in Louvain. This account of Tits and Louvain traditionalism is concluded with some remarks on the significance and representativity of this project of Catholic fundamental theology as a genuine form of apologetic theology.

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