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p. 152. Engaging with religionlocked

  • John Robertson


It is widely believed that the Enlightenment was hostile to religion, but it is more complicated than that. The Enlightenment can be associated with a spectrum of attitudes towards religion. ‘Engaging with religion’ divides the Enlightenment’s engagement with religion into three strands: first, the historical enquiry into the nature of religion, understood as a phenomenon with a universal, ‘natural’ history as well as revealed or sacred histories particular to Jews and Christians; second, the development of arguments for toleration; and a third strand, connecting the first two, which is the reflection on the relation between the sacred and the civil.

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