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Church-State Relations in late-eighteenth-century Malta: Gio. Nicolò Muscat (1735-1803)

Church-State Relations in late-eighteenth-century Malta: Gio. Nicolò Muscat (1735-1803)

Author: Ciappara Frans
ISBN:
978-99909-45-91-1
Publication Date:
2018
Pages:
286
Weight:
485g
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Subject:
History


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'This visionary, passionate in his hatreds, who with his savage comments and rigid character rarely blended prudence with courage, and whose mind was so sorely swept by the winds of controversy, would be proved right in embracing the cause of the separation between Church and State and distinguishing canon from civil law. His ideas gained ascendancy after his death; they were destined to survive him and become visions in the soul of future generations. The credit they deserved was long overdue. The Erasmian seeds of his ideas which he expressed during the struggle were sown in the hearts of his compatriots. They fell neither 'beside the path, so that all the birds came and ate them up', nor on the rocky land and among briers but 'where the soil was good, and these yielded a harvest'. The idea of an omnipotent Church had been challenged, and, once challenged it could never recover the unconscious security of the past. The Church's stand was without promise.' From the author's conclusion.


The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish St. Mary's Qrendi In The Eighteenth Century

The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish St. Mary's Qrendi In The Eighteenth Century

Author: Ciappara Frans
ISBN:
978-99909-45-77-5
Publication Date:
2014
Pages:
386
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The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish. St Mary’s Qrendi in the Eightenth Century marks a departure from traditional chronological narratives of surface events, background institutions and power classes, and directs its attention to the obscure and unsung masses who emerge in vivid snatches through the pages of this book. Rather than embracing literary evidence at face value, the author digs up a wealth of quantitative data from a wide range of archival sources, and analyses it against that of other eighteenth-century communities in order to project a picture of how common people lived and inter-related within the cultural, religious and social milieu of a Maltese village community. This analysis of a social ‘microcosm’ with its fascinating focus on everyday human life and its complexities within a limited geographical area, is here projected and proposed as the best approach towards an understanding of ‘total history’. Its strength lies in joint historical and socio-anthropological approach which leads to a better understanding of man and the interconnectivity of all aspects of his earthly life. Anthropology, folklore, social history, church history, historical demography are here called into play and skilfully exploited to produce an overall functional analysis.


 

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