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As If God ExistedReligion and Liberty in the History of Italy$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.001.0001

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The New Alliance

The New Alliance

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As If God Existed

Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the rise of a new civil religion in Italy. The ideas coming from France helped Italian intellectuals seek a civil religion different from the Jacobin one, which had revealed all its flimsiness and had not been able to weaken the traditional religion. The prevailing position was that of promoting a civil religiosity in Italy within Christianity. The most refined intellectual reflections originated in Tuscany, where four centuries before, a republican Christianity was born and took root. The most influential personality of the reform movement was Raffaello Lambruschini (1788—1873), who was imprisoned because of his involvement with the refugees of the Neapolitan Revolution, and had a prominent role in Tuscan cultural and political life at the beginning of the 1820s. Lambruschini stood in favor of the alliance between religion and liberty.

Keywords:   republican religion, civil religion, Christianity, religious reform, civil religiosity, Raffaello Lambruschini

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