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The Enlightenment and Religion

The Myths of Modernity
  • By S. J. Barnett
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This title offers a critical survey of religious change and its causes in eighteenth-century Europe, and constitutes a radical challenge to the accepted views in traditional Enlightenment studies. Focusing on Enlightenment Italy, France and England, it illustrates how the canonical view of eighteenth-century religious change has in reality been constructed upon scant evidence and assumption, in particular the idea that the thought of the enlightened led to modernity. For despite a lack of evidence, one of the fundamental assumptions of Enlightenment studies has been the assertion that there was a vibrant Deist movement that formed the "intellectual solvent" of the eighteenth century. The central claim of this book is that the immense ideological appeal of the traditional birth-of-modernity myth has meant that the actual lack of Deists has been glossed over, and a quite misleading historical view has become entrenched.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780719067419
    • Manufacturer: Manchester Univ Pr
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780719067419
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2004
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: S. J. Barnett
    • Page Count: 244
    • Width: 5.50 inches
    • Height: 0.81 inches
    • Length: 8.42 inches
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