The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity
The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity  -     By: S.J. Barnett
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.42 X 5.50 X 0.81 (inches)
ISBN: 0719067413
ISBN-13: 9780719067419

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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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S.J. Barnett is Subject Leader in History of Ideas, University of Kingston-Upon-Thames

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"This book makes an important case for rethinking the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion. It contributes to a new understanding of familiar material by treating it in an original and stimulating manner and will be valuable to both specialists and general readers."--Jane Shaw, New College, Oxford

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