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Without God, Without Creed : The Origins of Unbelief in America - James Turner

Without God, Without Creed

The Origins of Unbelief in America

Paperback Published: 1st August 1986
ISBN: 9780801834073
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Until the middle of the nineteenth century, atheism and agnosticism were viewed in Western society as bizarre aberrations. Shortly thereafter, unbelief emerged as a fully available option, a plausible alternative to the still dominant theism of Europe and America. How and why, James Turner asks, did it become possible for significant numbers of people to sustain disbelief in God? Without God, Without Creed is a brilliant examination of this, one of the great cultural revolutions in Western civilization.

Turner's treatment of the nineteenth century is excellent and often brilliantly perceptive. -- Robert Nisbet * The New York Times Book Review * A crafted, intelligent book. The prose is remarkably clear, as is the argument. Turner offers us intellectual history in something like the grand manner. -- David D. Hall * Reviews in American History *

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologuep. 1
Modern Belief, 1500-1865
A New Agep. 7
Enlightenment and Belief, 1690-1790p. 35
A God of Mind and Heart, 1790-1850p. 73
Belief and Social Changep. 114
Christianity Confused, 1840-1870p. 141
Modern Unbelief, 1865-1890
The Intellectual Crisis of Beliefp. 171
The Immorality of Beliefp. 203
A More Excellent Wayp. 226
Sanctity without Godlinessp. 248
Epiloguep. 262
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780801834073
ISBN-10: 0801834074
Series: New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 1986
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.5