Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture


Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture

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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 Dupr? is an expert guide to the complex historical and intellectual relation between religion and modern culture.

Dupr? 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. Dupr? explores this new situation in three areas: the literature of Romanticism (illustrated by Goethe, Schiller, and H?lderlin); idealist philosophy (Schelling); and theology itself (Schleiermach