The theological origins of modernity

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Main Author: Gillespie, Michael Allen.
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Online Access:EBSCOhost Available to NLU students, faculty, and staff.
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Main Author:Gillespie, Michael Allen.

Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie reveals in this landmark study that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. 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. He goes on to explore the ideas of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, showing that modernity is best understood as a series of attempts to formulate a new and coherent metaphysics or theology.


OC Bringing the history of political thought up to date and situating it against the backdrop of contemporary events, GillespieOCOs analyses provide usaa way to begin to have conversations with the Islamic world about what is perhaps the central question within each of the three monotheistic religions: if God is omnipotent, then what is the place of human freedom?OCOOCoJoshua Mitchell, Georgetown University

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 386 p.)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-361) and index.
ISBN:9780226293516 (electronic bk.)
0226293513 (electronic bk.)
Author Notes:

Michael Allen Gillespie is the Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and professor of philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger, and the Ground of History , and Nihilism before Nietzsche , both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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