The Theological Origins of Modernity

The Theological Origins of Modernity

by Michael Allen Gillespie
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226293467

ISBN-13: 9780226293462

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests.

Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view

Overview

Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests.

Taking as his starting point the collapse of the medieval world, Gillespie argues that from the very beginning moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, showing that modernity is best understood as a series of attempts to formulate a new and coherent metaphysics or theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226293462
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
553,278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 The Nominalist Revolution and the Origin of Modernity 19

2 Petrarch and the Invention of Individuality 44

3 Humanism and the Apotheosis of Man 69

4 Luther and the Storm of Faith 101

5 The Contradictions of Premodernity 129

6 Descartes' Path to Truth 170

7 Hobbes' Fearful Wisdom 207

8 The Contradictions of Enlightenment and the Crisis of Modernity 255

Epilogue 289

Notes 295

Index 363

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