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God in the Enlightenment

William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram


We have long been taught that the Enlightenment was an attempt to free the world from the clutches of Christian civilization and make it safe for philosophy. The lesson has been well learned. In today’s culture wars, both liberals and their conservative enemies, inside and outside the academy, rest their claims about the present on the notion that the Enlightenment was a secularist movement of philosophically driven emancipation. Historians have had doubts about the accuracy of this portrait for some time, but they have never managed to furnish a viable alternative to it—for themselves, for sc ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, secularist, globalization, liberals, conservative, church, state, atheist, Christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190267070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Bulman, editor
Assistant Professor of History, Lehigh University

Robert G. Ingram, editor
Associate Professor of History and Director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, Ohio University