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The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity

S. J. Barnett


This book offers a critical survey of religious change and its causes in eighteenth-century Europe, and constitutes a 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 vibr ... More

Keywords: religious change, eighteenth century, Europe, Enlightenment, modernity, Deist, intellectual solvent, Italy, France, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780719067402
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719067402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. J. Barnett, author