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Clifford, Rebecca; Townson, Nigel; Apor, Peter


Nigel Townson

Peter Apor


Robert Gildea

James Mark

Anette Warring


Chapter 8, ‘Faith’, challenges the dominance of secular activism in accounts of ‘1968’ by exploring the ways in which individuals were inspired by or converted to Christian activism in order to fight for a more just and spiritual society. It returns to the idea of encounter with difference, especially with poverty and deprivation, as a shaper of activism. It addresses the impact of the teaching of Vatican II and the dialogue between Christianity and Marxism, as activists attempted to reduce the distance between clergy and laity and to develop much more egalitarian ‘base communities’ as vehicles for faith and action. Taking Mediterranean and eastern bloc Catholicism and as its foci, it examines the different thinking and practice of radical Christianity in different political contexts.


Clifford, R., Townson, N., & Apor, P. (2013). Faith. In R. Gildea, J. Mark, & A. Warring (Eds.), Europe's 1968: Voices of Revolt (211-238). Oxford University Press.

Online Publication Date Jun 13, 2013
Publication Date 2013-06
Deposit Date Oct 3, 2023
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 211-238
Book Title Europe's 1968: Voices of Revolt
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9780199587513
Public URL