Encyclopedia of Religion
and Society

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(1918-) Ph.D. Catholic University, 1952; Professor of Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago, 1953-1967; University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1967-1980. President, American Catholic Sociological Society, 1968.

A quintessential organic intellectual, Zahn critically extended the conceptualizations found in the general sociological literature on social control to the historical issues of the accommodation of religions (focusing on his own Roman Catholic tradition) to national security ideologies. His studies of German Catholics during World War II (magnified by his role as a founder of Pax Christi , America) have been major sources for Catholic peace activists and the Austrian national reflection on the loss of conscience during the Nazi era.

James R. Kelly


G. Zahn, German Catholics and Hitler's Wars (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989 [1962])

G. Zahn, *What Is Society?# (New York: Hawthorn, 1964)

G. Zahn, In Solitary Witness (Springfield, Ill.: Templegate, 1986 [1964])

G. Zahn, Another Part of the War (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979).


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