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Dominic Erdozain, The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 320+xiii pp, $35.00 Hardcover, ISBN: 0199844615

Dominic Erdozain, The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 320+xiii pp, $35.00 Hardcover, ISBN: 0199844615

Corey McCal

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Elmira College, McGraw Hall 210A, Elmira, NY 14901

Email: cmccall@elmira.edu

ABSTRACT

In this engaging intellectual history, Dominic Erdozain (Theology, Emory University) seeks to account for European secularization during the modern period. Unlike Hans Blumenberg, and, more recently, Charles Taylor, who tell the story of secularization as a process distinct from religious belief and religious institutions, Erdozain argues that the basis for secularization can be found in the religious ferment of modernity itself, beginning with the Protestant Reformation and extending through the first half of the nineteenth century. The book begins with Martin Luther and his critics, proceeds through discussions of Spinoza and the English Dissenters, Voltaire and the French Enlightenment, and, finally, to Darwin’s Victorian religiosity and the German Left Hegelians (Feuerbach and Marx in particular).

 

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Science, Religion and Culture

June

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