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Religion was an integral part of almost everyone's daily life in seventeenth and eighteenth century Western Europe. Yet new philosophical ideas were emerging, ideas that became the foundation of our modern world. This book, designed for classroom use, reveals the roots of Enlightenment thought as well as their results, both positive and negative, with special attention to figures such as Descartes, Pascal, Rousseau, and Kant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664257606
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Byrne is Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. He is the author of The Christian Understanding of God Today and God: Thoughts in an Age of Uncertainty.
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Table of Contents

1 Changing Ideals 1
2 Enlightenment, Power and Context 27
3 God and the Clarity of Reason: Rene Descartes 53
4 Burning Faith: Blaise Pascal 75
5 The Distant God of Deism 99
6 From Scepticism to Atheism 124
7 New Light or Old?: Science and Religion 150
8 The Morality of Innocence: Jean-Jacques Rousseau 179
9 Belief within the Limits of Reason: Immanuel Kant 203
10 Conclusion 229
Notes 235
Select Bibliography 243
Index 248
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