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Brian Sudlow

’s conceptualisation of order, for it seemed to overlap so very distinctly with his own cultural Catholicism. Indeed, its emphasis on political order and the absence of themes such as divine purpose and meaning lend credence to Barrès’s interpretation, even if later on Bourget demonstrates a far more supernatural understanding of human conduct and society. In 1903 when L’Etape was published, however, Bourget was a very recent convert. Nationalising salvation The ambiguity we have noted in Bourget can be found also in Catholicism

in Catholic literature and secularisation in France and England, 1880–1914