'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment
- Publisher This book shows how the concept of ???religion??? and ???the religions??? arose out of controversies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.
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About "'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment"
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.
This book shows how the concept of ???religion??? and ???the religions??? arose out of controversies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.
Meet the Author
Peter Harrison trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art and studied Art History at Glasgow University and the University of East Anglia. He divides his time between painting and freelance writing and editing. He is the author of five children's books, one each on the painters van Gogh and Monet, the remainder on 'The Wild West', 'Inventions', and 'Cars'.