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O'Brien, David J.

Works: 6 works in 22 publications in 1 language and 1,433 library holdings
Genres: History  Papal documents  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David J O'Brien
American Catholics and social reform; the New Deal years by David J O'brien( Book )

8 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Hecker : an American Catholic by David J O'Brien( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Thomas Hecker was the prototype nineteenth-century American. He was an idealist and a visionary, a believer in the "rightness" of the American experiment. A utopian at heart, Hecker sampled life in New England's transcendentalist communes, later entering the Catholic Church where he began a new community that was founded on the ideals of freedom and personal initiative. He had all the virtues and all the flaws of his era, being optimistic, passionate, energetic, far-sighted, naive. Yet Hecker was also profoundly counter-cultural. He was a mystic in an age of pragmatism. He proclaimed the value of the collective to a generation of Americans who already were falling under the influence of laissez-faire individualism. Within his adopted Catholic community he championed personalism to an unreceptive audience; Rome and its hierarchy were in a defensive posture that favored obedience and conformity. In the end Rome assailed "Americanism" as a threat to its good order. David J. O'Brien has written the first, full life of Isaac Hecker to appear in a hundred years. In the process he enables us to see Hecker's great significance for American religious and social history. Hecker was well-known in his own day--a friend of Thoreau, Emerson and Alcott, popular speaker, best-selling author--but soon after his death he slipped into semi-obscurity. To Catholic intransigents he was an embarrassment, to American pragmatists he was a curiosity. But the present age has witnessed a renewal of spiritual seeking that characterized Hecker's own journey, and the church he swore allegiance to has begun to see things the way he did. The time is ripe for this honest and comprehensive account of Isaac Hecker'sfascinating story
We hold these truths : Catholicism and American political life( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The central purpose of this book is to explore the fundamental principles of Catholic doctrine in light of contemporary political, moral, and social life in the United States. The first four chapters are primarily concerned with moral principles and historical background. The last three chapters focus on the application of these principles to concrete political and social issues
Catholic social thought: the documentary heritage by David J O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas A. Shannon is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Ethics in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. --Book Jacket
The Japanese American experience by David J O'Brien( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renewing the earth : Catholic documents on peace, justice, and liberation by David J O'Brien( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.33 for American C ... to 0.92 for The Japane ...)

Isaac Hecker : an American Catholic
We hold these truths : Catholicism and American political lifeCatholic social thought: the documentary heritageThe Japanese American experience
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