Knowledge and Belief in America: Enlightenment Traditions and Modern Religious Thought
The Enlightenment values of individual autonomy, democracy, and secularizing reason conflict with the religious traditions of community, authority, and traditional learning. Yet in American history the two heritages have been intertwined since the colonial era: the development of the Enlightenment has been influenced by community-based thinking and religious institutions have adopted to an extent critical methods and a democratic ethos even within their own walls. This volume unites the work of a distinguished group of theologians, historians, literary critics, and philosophers to explore the interaction between Enlightenment ideals and American religion. The Enlightenment’s effect on the major religious traditions, including the Catholic Church, Evangelical Protestantism, and Judaism, is examined. Also highlighted is religion in the thinking of such representative figures as Edwards, Franklin, Emerson, Lincoln, Santayana, and the Pragmatists, Stevens and Eliot.
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Knowledge and belief in American public life
Enamored against thee by these strange minds Recovering the relations between religion and the Enlightenment in nineteenth and twentiethcentury A...
The rise and long life of the Protestant Enlightenment in America
American Catholicism and the Enlightenment ethos
Organizing the past
Enlightenment and representative figures
Puritanism and Enlightenment Edwards and Franklin
Emersons constitutional amending Reading Fate
Stuck between debility and demand Religion and Enlightenment traditions among the pragmatists
Wallace Stevens T S Eliot and the space between them
The end of the Enlightenment?
The Enlightenment is not over
Modernity antimodernity and postmodernity in the American setting
Are we beyond the Enlightenment horizon?
List of contributors
Lincoln and modernity
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