Precociously wise... magnificent.
(Paul Gottfried The American Conservative
A lucid and accessible book
(Eugene McCarraher A Christian Review
This book will be a valuable resource...Highly recommended.
(P. J. Hayes Choice
The Church Confronts Modernity is provocative, well-written, and deserves to be read.
(Margaret Mary Reher Catholic Historical Review
It is written with great clarity and fluency, making the complex philosophical and theological concepts approachable... This is a very important book which will be indispensable reading for scholars interested in the history of religion.
(Frank Lennon Journal of American Studies
It moves briskly and gracefully through the thorny issues confronting the Church during the first two decades of the 20th century... An effective and detailed examination of Catholic intellectual life during a little studied period.
(Thomas G. Guarino Theological Studies
This book is well worth reading. It is well written, well researched, and the thesis put forth is well argued.
(Patrick W. Carey Journal of American History
Provocative... Woods thoughtful study casts new light on the Catholic response to the culture of progressivism.
(Michael J. Lacey American Catholic Studies
Well written... Worthwhile contributions to the literature.
(Deirdre Moloney American Historical Review
Though he is writing about the Progressive Era, Thomas Woods deals with issues that are still both timely and relevant. He explores how American Catholics redefined the limits of faith and doctrine in an age of social and intellectual transformation, a time when cherished orthodoxies seemed ever more at odds with secular assumptions. The Church Confronts Modernity is thoughtful, well-written and rewarding.
(Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University)