Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order
Largely due to the cultural and political shift of the
Enlightenment, Western societies in the eighteenth century emerged
from sectarian conflict and embraced a more religiously moderate
path. In nine original essays, leading scholars ask whether
exporting the Enlightenment solution is possible-or even
Contributors begin by revisiting the Enlightenment's
restructuring of the West, examining its ongoing encounters with
Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism.
While acknowledging the necessity of the Enlightenment emphasis on
toleration and peaceful religious coexistence, these scholars
nevertheless have grave misgivings about the Enlightenment's
spiritually thin secularism. The authors ultimately upend both the
claim that the West's experience offers a ready-made template for
the world to follow and the belief that the West's achievements are
to be ignored, despised, or discarded.
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy
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