Religion and the Sciences Opportunities and Challenges 6. Inquiry for Action The Latin American Church and the Social Sciences Post Vatican II

Ronald Simkins, Thomas Kelly, Thomas Kelly
Later in that document under a section titled "The Circumstances of Culture in the World Today," the Church was aware that if it were to minister to human beings effectively, it needed to embrace the "new" in terms of methods and disciplines that were previously suspect. Thus it states: Hence the culture of today possesses particular characteristics: sciences which are called exact greatly develop critical judgment; the more recent psychological studies more profoundly explain human activity;
more » ... storical studies make it much easier to see things in their mutable and evolutionary aspects, customs and usages are becoming more and more uniform; industrialization, urbanization, and other causes which promote community living create a mass-culture from which are born new ways of thinking, acting and making use of leisure (54).