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Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture describes and analyzes changing attitudes toward religion during three stages of modern European culture: the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Romantic period. Louis Dupré is an expert guide to the complex historical and intellectual relation between religion and modern culture. Dupré begins by tracing the weakening of the Christian synthesis. At the end of the Middle Ages intellectual attitudes toward religion began to change. Theology, once the dominant science that had integrated all others, lost its commanding position. After the French Revolution, religion once again played a role in intellectual life, but not as the dominant force. Religion became transformed by intellectual and moral principles conceived independently of faith. Dupré explores this new situation in three areas: the literature of Romanticism (illustrated by Goethe, Schiller, and Hölderlin); idealist philosophy (Schelling); and theology itself (Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard). Dupré argues that contemporary religion has not yet met the challenge presented by Romantic thought. Dupré’s elegant and incisive book, based on the Erasmus Lectures he delivered at the University of Notre Dame in 2005, will challenge anyone interested in religion and the philosophy of culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. contents
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  1. preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. The Form of Modernity
  2. pp. 5-16
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  1. Nature and Grace
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. The Crisis of the Enlightenment
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. On the Intellectual Sources of Modern Atheism
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. God and the Poetry of the New Age
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. Schelling and the Revival of Mythology
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. The Rebirth of Theology
  2. pp. 95-110
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. index of names
  2. pp. 119-122
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268077617
Print ISBN
9780268025946
MARC Record
OCLC
649690383
Pages
136
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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