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'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment - Peter Harrison

'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1990
ISBN: 9780521385305
Number Of Pages: 288

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This study examines the changes which took place in the understanding of 'religion' and 'the religions' during the Enlightenment in England, the period when the decisive break with Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance notions of religion occurred. Dr Harrison's view is that the principles of the English Enlightenment not only made a special contribution to our modern understanding of what religion is, but they pioneered, in addition, the 'scientific', or non-religious approach, to religious phenomena. During this period a crisis of authority in the Church necessitated a rational enquiry into the various forms of Christianity, and in addition, into the claims of all religions. This led to a concept of 'religion' (based on 'natural' theology) which could link together the apparently disparate religious beliefs and practices found in the empirical religions.

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"Professor Harrison has produced a meticulously documented, systematically organized, and challenging monograph. His use of the printed literature and sources of the period is exemplary. Although a demanding exercise in intellectual history, this book is profoundly significant for scholars concerned with English religious thought." Albion

Introduction
Antecedents
+Religion+, revelation, and the light of nature: Protestants and Platonists
The religious instinct and priestly corruptions: Lord Herbert and deism
Sacred history and religious diversity
From sacred history to natural history
Epilogue
Notes
References
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ISBN: 9780521385305
ISBN-10: 052138530X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th November 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.59

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