Common-sense Reasoning and Theological Misunderstandings
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The intention in this chapter is to address some further sociological features of anti-Catholicism by identifying the common-sense reasoning processes involved with it. This complements the more macro-level analysis of the operation of anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland’s social structure in Part I by focusing on micro-level issues relating to identity, language and common-sense knowledge. While the focus is on the theological misunderstandings surrounding Catholicism and the distorted common-sense notions about what Catholics are supposed to believe, there is a sociological base to the distorted theological ideas on which anti-Catholicism is founded. Two issues are addressed in particular to demonstrate this claim. The common-sense ideas and reasoning processes which support the ‘cognitive map’ of anti-Catholicism help to create, amongst other things, distorted theological understandings; and the socio-linguistic features of the language used in theological debate, have more to do with representing different identities than differences in doctrine.
KeywordsEternal Life Discursive Formation Protestant Denomination Bodily Presence Catholic Theology
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