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'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892933

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  • The origin of the modern perception of religion can be traced to the Enlightenment. This book shows how the concepts of "religion" and "the religions" arose from controversies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. The birth of "the religions," conceived of as sets of beliefs and practices, created a new science of religion in which the various "religions" could be studied and impartially compared. Harrison gives a detailed historical picture of the emergence of this concept and how it led to the discipline of comparative religion.

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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

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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892933
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Antecedents
    2. 'Religion', revelation, and the light of nature: Protestants and Platonists
    3. The religious instinct and priestly corruptions: Lord Herbert and deism
    4. Sacred history and religious diversity
    5. From sacred history to natural history
    Epilogue
    Notes
    References.

  • Author

    Peter Harrison

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