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God and Government in an 'Age of Reason'

by David Nicholls

God and Government in an 'Age of Reason' Synopsis

In this companion volume to Deity and Domination, David Nicholls broadens his examination of the relationship between religion and politics. Focusing on the images and concepts of God and the state predominant in eighteenth-century discourse, he shows how these were interrelated and reflect the language of the wider cultural contexts. Nicholls argues that the way a community pictures God will inevitably reflect (and also affect) its general understanding of authority, whether it be in state, in family or in other social institutions. Much language about God, for example, has a primarily political reference: in psalms, hymns and sermons God is called king, judge, lord, ruler and to him are ascribed might, majesty, dominion, power and sovereignty. But if political rhetoric is frequently incorporated into religious discourse, the reverse is also true: many key concepts of modern political theory are secularised theological concepts. In his consideration of this important and neglected relationship Nicholls sheds new light on religion and politics in the eighteenth century.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138868144
Publication date: 27th April 2015
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 296 pages
Categories: Philosophy of religion, Christian theology, Political science & theory, European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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