Enlightment and Religion The Myths of Modernity

ISBN-10: 0719067413

ISBN-13: 9780719067419

Edition: 2004

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This publication offers a critical survey of religious change and its causes in 18th-century Europe. Focusing on the Enlightenment in Italy, France and England, the text illustrates how the canonical view of 18th-century religious change has in reality been constructed upon scant evidence and assumption.
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 3/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: The Enlightenment and modernity
The rationale of this book
The structure of this book
The myth of Enlightenment deism
The myth of the deist movement
The deism myth and modern historians
The myth and the historical record
The myth and the construction of modernity
Historians, religion and the historical record
The origins of Enlightenment anticlericalism
John Toland, Pierre Bayle and the problem of influence
Enlightenment from within or without Christianity?
The elite and the written record
Scaremongering, public opinion and the construction of the deism scare
The English deist movement: a case study in the construction of a myth
Post-Restoration context
Deists and Dissent confused
John Toland and Christianity not Mysterious
Early modern politico-religious propagandists and modern historians
Dissent and Englightenment
France: the revolt of democratic Christianity and the rise of public opinion
Bourbons, Huguenots and Jansenists
The Nouvelles ecclesiastiques and Bourbon miscalculation
The revolt of the 1750s
Popular victory against the Jesuits and the call for toleration
The final decline of the absolutist dream
Italy: Roman 'tyranny' and radical Catholic opposition
Jansenism and Catholic Englightenment
Anti-curial polemic and its context
Regalism and Jansenism
The temporal imperative: Roman theology and politics fused
Radical Jansenism 1770s-1790s
The 'public sphere' and the hidden life of ideas
The hidden life of ideas
The 'public sphere' and the top-down model of intellectual change
Anachronism and toleration
Indicative bibliography of Protestant thought on natural religion
Selected bibliography
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