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William J. Bulman and Robert G. Ingram

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190267070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267070.001.0001

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The Reformation Origins of the Enlightenment’s God

The Reformation Origins of the Enlightenment’s God

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(p.201) 8 The Reformation Origins of the Enlightenment’s God
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God in the Enlightenment
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Brad S. Gregory

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267070.003.0009

This Enlightenment’s concept of God was shaped by the legacy of the Reformation era. It was also shaped by certain medieval philosophical assumptions. Those assumptions have remained influential since the eighteenth century. They are particularly influential in common modern claims about the stadial supersession of revealed religion and about the disenchantment of the world born of modern science. The Enlightenment’s philosophical discourse about God is part of a longer historical trajectory, one that begins long before the seventeenth century and extends well beyond the eighteenth.

Keywords:   disenchantment, supersession, modern science, Reformation, atheism, medieval

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