Knowledge and Belief in America: Enlightenment Traditions and Modern Religious Thought

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William M. Shea, Peter A. Huff
Cambridge University Press, 13 feb 2003 - 376 pagine
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
27
Enamored against thee by these strange minds Recovering the relations between religion and the Enlightenment in nineteenth and twentiethcentury A...
52
The rise and long life of the Protestant Enlightenment in America
88
American Catholicism and the Enlightenment ethos
125
Organizing the past
165
Enlightenment and representative figures
193
Puritanism and Enlightenment Edwards and Franklin
195
Emersons constitutional amending Reading Fate
227
Stuck between debility and demand Religion and Enlightenment traditions among the pragmatists
270
Wallace Stevens T S Eliot and the space between them
299
The end of the Enlightenment?
319
The Enlightenment is not over
321
Modernity antimodernity and postmodernity in the American setting
328
Are we beyond the Enlightenment horizon?
335
List of contributors
347
Index
349

Lincoln and modernity
247

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