Civil Religion in Modern Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Tocqueville

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Civil Religion in Modern Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Tocqueville

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Inspired by Machiavelli, modern philosophers held that the tension between the goals of biblical piety and the goals of political life needed to be resolved in favor of the political, and they attempted to recast and delimit traditional Christian teaching to serve and stabilize political life accordingly. This volume examines the arguments of those thinkers who worked to remake Christianity into a civil religion in the early modern and modern periods.

Beginning with Machiavelli and continuing through to Alexis de Tocqueville, the essays in this collection explain in detail the ways in which these philosophers used religious and secular writing to build a civil religion in the West. Early chapters examine topics such as Machiavelli s comparisons of Christianity with Roman religion, Francis Bacon s cherry-picking of Christian doctrines in the service of scientific innovation, and Spinoza s attempt to replace long-held superstitions with newer, “progressive” ones. Other essays probe t