The limits of Catholic science and the Mexican Revolution

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  • Smith B
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Abstract

This article examines the church's embrace of scientific methodologies in the late nineteenth century. It is argued that in general, the shift worked to repel liberal ridicule and control popular devotions. However, in Mexico the effects were mixed. During the Mexican Revolution, a desperate church was forced to apply these new scientific methodologies to increasingly unauthorized cults. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Aaron Van Oosterhout

  • Benjamin T. Smith

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