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- DescriptionWe have long been taught that the Enlightenment was an attempt to free the world from the clutches of Christian civilization and make it safe for philosophy. The lesson has been well learned--in today's culture wars, both liberals and their conservative enemies, inside and outside the academy, rest their claims about the present on the tion that the Enlightenment was a secularist movement of philosophically-driven emancipation. Historians have had doubts about the accuracy of this portrait for some time, but they have never managed to furnish a viable alternative to it--for themselves, for scholars interested in matters of church and state, or for the public at large. In this book, William J. Bulman and Robert Ingram bring together recent scholarship from distinguished experts in history, theology, and literature to make clear that God t only survived the Enlightenment, but thrived within it as well. The Enlightenment was t a radical break from the past in which Europeans jettisoned their intellectual and institutional inheritance. It was, to be sure, a moment of great change, but one in which the characteristic convictions and traditions of the Renaissance and Reformation were perpetuated to the point of transformation, in the wake of the Wars of Religion and during the early phases of globalization. Its primary imperatives were t freedom and irreligion but peace and prosperity. As a result, it could be Christian, communitarian, or authoritarian as easily as it could be atheist, individualist, or libertarian. Honing in on the intellectual crisis of late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries while moving everywhere from Spiza to Kant and from India to Peru, God in the Enlightenment offers a spectral view of the age of lights.
- Author BiographyWilliam J. Bulman is Assistant Professor of History at Lehigh University. Robert G. Ingram is Associate Professor of History and Director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions at Ohio University.
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication16/06/2016
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note1
- Weight432 g
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byRobert G. Ingram,William J. Bulman
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