20. Ennis and the Gospel: 1600 to 1900

The main centre for Christian worship in Ennis since the 13th century was the old Franciscan Friary. Between 1536 and 1543 Henry VIII suppressed monasteries across England and Ireland. Ennis Friary was formally supressed in 1543 but the friars remained in the town and operated from various houses of refuge. One friar Fr. Dermot O’Brien became known as the ‘Mad Friar’ when he was certified insane in 1617 so that he could continue to minister in the town. The Penal Laws Penal Laws were gradually introduced in the 1600s to ban Catholics and non-mainline Protestants from public service and property ownership. Exclusion of Catholics from most public offices was in force since 1607. Presbyterians

19. Liberal Theology: A gospel for Modernity

The Enlightenment In his essay “What Is Enlightenment?” (1784), Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) defined the concept as “man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s incapacity to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude [Dare to Know]! ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’—that is the motto of enlightenment” (EoC 2:96). Kant’s philosophy taught the limits of human reason in answering questions about God. For Kant (Critique of Practical Reason), religion is not grounded in reason but in ethics.

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