'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenmentby Peter Harrison
Pub. Date: 05/02/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Antecedents; 2. 'Religion', revelation, and the light of nature: Protestants and Platonists; 3. The religious instinct and priestly corruptions: Lord Herbert and deism; 4. Sacred history and religious diversity; 5. From sacred history to natural history; Epilogue; Notes; References.
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