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Description - 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment by Peter Harrison

The origin of the modern perception of religion can be traced to the Enlightenment. This book shows how the concepts of "religion" and "the religions" arose from controversies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. The birth of "the religions," conceived of as sets of beliefs and practices, created a new science of religion in which the various "religions" could be studied and impartially compared. Harrison gives a detailed historical picture of the emergence of this concept and how it led to the discipline of comparative religion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521892933
ISBN-10: 0521892937
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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