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The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx

Dominic Erdozain


Histories of unbelief typically emphasize external challenges to religious faith, such as the natural sciences, historical criticism, or changes in social conditions and lifestyle. This study accepts much of the chronology of the traditional account of “secularization” but it proposes a very different cause: conscience. Tracing the liberation and expansion of the Protestant conscience from Martin Luther to Karl Marx, this book argues that Christian concepts of moral equity and personal freedom have consistently acted as the most powerful solvents of religious orthodoxy. Revealing links between ... More

Keywords: conscience, doubt, reason, unbelief, Reformation, Enlightenment, secularism, atheism, humanism, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Erdozain, author
Research Fellow, King's College London; Visiting Scholar, Emory University