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The theological origins of modernity

Author: Michael Allen Gillespie
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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- and that they did so not out of hostility but in order to sustain certain religious beliefs. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Allen Gillespie
ISBN: 9780226293455 0226293459
OCLC Number: 174138837
Description: xiii, 386 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The nominalist revolution and the origin of modernity --
Petrarch and the invention of individuality --
Humanism and the apotheosis of man --
Luther and the storm of faith --
The contradictions of premodernity --
Descartes' path to truth --
Hobbes' fearful wisdom --
The contradictions of enlightenment and the crisis of modernity.
Responsibility: Michael Allen Gillespie.
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Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, this study reveals that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. Beginning with the collapse of the medieval  Read more...

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