The limits of Catholic science and the Mexican revolution.

Research paper by Aaron A Van Oosterhout, Benjamin T BT Smith

Indexed on: 25 May '10Published on: 25 May '10Published in: Endeavour


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.