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'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

by Peter Harrison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 288
Paperback
ISBN: 9780521892933






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Overview of 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

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.

Synopsis of 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment

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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"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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