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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.
|Publication date:||29th January 2004|
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, History of religion, History of ideas,|
S.J. Barnett is Subject Leader in History of Ideas, University of Kingston-Upon-Thames -- .More About S. Barnett