'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

Harrison, Peter 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Author Harrison, Peter
Title 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment
Place of Publication Cambridge UK
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication year 1990
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Edition 1st
ISBN 0521892937
Language eng
Total number of pages 288
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes 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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