The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to Religious Faith / Edition 1

The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to Religious Faith / Edition 1

by C. John Sommerville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195074270

ISBN-13: 9780195074277

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study overcomes the ambiguity and daunting scale of the subject of secularization by using the insights of anthropology and sociology, and by examining an earlier period than usually considered. Concentrating not only on a decline of religious belief, which is the last aspect of secularization, this study shows that a transformation of England's cultural

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This study overcomes the ambiguity and daunting scale of the subject of secularization by using the insights of anthropology and sociology, and by examining an earlier period than usually considered. Concentrating not only on a decline of religious belief, which is the last aspect of secularization, this study shows that a transformation of England's cultural grammar had to precede that loosening of belief, and that this was largely accomplished between 1500 and 1700. Only when definitions of space and time changed and language and technology were transformed (as well as art and play) could a secular world-view be sustained. As aspects of daily life became divorced from religious values and controls, religious culture was supplanted by religious faith, a reasoned, rather than an unquestioned, belief in the supernatural. Sommerville shows that this process was more political and theological than economic or social.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195074277
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

1The Study of Secularization3
2The Secularization of Space18
3The Secularization of Time and Play33
4The Secularization of Language44
5The Politics of Secularization (1529-1603)55
6The Secularization of Technology and Work72
7The Secularization of Art82
8The Politics of Reaction (1603-1659)98
9The Secularization of Power111
10The Secularization of Personhood and Association129
11The Secularization of Scholarship and Science144
12Religious Responses to Secularization165
13Antecedents, Causes, and Conclusions178
Notes189
Index221

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