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To Change the WorldThe Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today$
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James Davison Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.001.0001

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Evidence in History

Evidence in History

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(p.48) Chapter Five Evidence in History
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To Change the World
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James Davison Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0005

The alternative view of cultural change that assigns roles not only to ideas but also to elites, networks, technology, and new institutions, provides a much better account of the growth in plausibility and popularity of these important cultural developments. This is the evidence of history—particularly clear in an overview of key moments in church history and the rise of the Enlightenment and its various manifestations. Change in culture or civilization simply does not occur when there is change in the beliefs and values in the hearts and minds of ordinary people or in the creation of mere artifacts.

Keywords:   diaspora, Hellenism, Church Fathers, paideia, Carolingian Renaissance, Reformation, humanism, Great Awakening, William Wilberforce, socialism

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