God in the Enlightenment

Paperback | May 3, 2016

EditorWilliam J. Bulman, Robert G. Ingram

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We have long been taught that the Enlightenment was an attempt to free the world from the clutches of Christian civilization and make it safe for philosophy. The lesson has been well learned. In today's culture wars, both liberals and their conservative enemies, inside and outside the academy,rest their claims about the present on the notion that the Enlightenment was a secularist movement of philosophically driven emancipation. Historians have had doubts about the accuracy of this portrait for some time, but they have never managed to furnish a viable alternative to it-for themselves,for scholars interested in matters of church and state, or for the public at large.In this book, William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram bring together recent scholarship from distinguished experts in history, theology, and literature to make clear that God not only survived the Enlightenment but thrived within it as well. The Enlightenment was not a radical break from the past inwhich Europeans jettisoned their intellectual and institutional inheritance. It was, to be sure, a moment of great change, but one in which the characteristic convictions and traditions of the Renaissance and Reformation were perpetuated to the point of transformation, in the wake of the Wars ofReligion and during the early phases of globalization. The Enlightenment's primary imperatives were not freedom and irreligion but peace and prosperity. As a result, Enlightenment could be Christian, communitarian, or authoritarian as easily as it could be atheistic, individualistic, or libertarian.Honing in on the intellectual crisis of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries while moving from Spinoza to Kant and from India to Peru, God in the Enlightenment takes a prism to the age of lights.

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We have long been taught that the Enlightenment was an attempt to free the world from the clutches of Christian civilization and make it safe for philosophy. The lesson has been well learned. In today's culture wars, both liberals and their conservative enemies, inside and outside the academy,rest their claims about the present on the ...

William J. Bulman is Assistant Professor of History at Lehigh University. He previously held postdoctoral fellowships at Vanderbilt and Yale. Robert G. Ingram is Associate Professor of History at Ohio University and Director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsEditors and ContributorsWilliam J. Bulman: Introduction: Enlightenment for the Culture Wars1. Justin Champion: Godless Politics: Hobbes and Public Religion2. Anton Matytsin: Reason and Utility in French Religious Apologetics3. Claudia Brosseder: Bernabe Cobo's Re-creation of an Authentic America in Colonial Peru4. Joan-Pau Rubies: From Christian Apologetics to Deism: Libertine Readings of Hinduism, 1600-17305. Paul C.H. Lim: The Platonic Captivity of Primitive Christianity and the Enlightening of Augustine6. Jetze Touber: God's Word in the Dutch Republic7. Jonathan Sheehan: Suffering Job: Christianity Beyond Metaphysics8. Brad S. Gregory: The Reformation Origins of the Enlightenment's God9. J. C. D. Clark: 'God' and 'the Enlightenment': The Divine Attributes and the Question of Categories in British Discourse10. H. E. Erik Midelfort: Medicine, Theology, and the Problem of Germany's Pietist Ecstatics11. Sarah Ellenzweig: Richard Bentley's Paradise Lost and the Ghost of SpinozaDale K. Van Kley: Conclusion: The Varieties of Enlightened Experience

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"This work shines with essays from an intellectual diversity of important scholars and often strikingly original perspectives. It not only addresses the increasingly problematic interaction of religion and the eighteenth-century Enlightenment in provocative and significant ways, it goes to theunderlying issue of the place of God in Enlightenment debate, dilemmas, continuities, and reevaluations. This is a genuinely important collection." --Alan Charles Kors, Henry Charles Lea Professor History, University of Pennsylvania