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Formations of Belief: Historical Approaches to Religion and the Secular

Philip Nord, Katja Guenther, and Max Weiss


For decades, scholars and public intellectuals have been predicting the demise of religion in the face of secularization. Yet religion is undergoing an unprecedented resurgence in modern life—and secularization no longer appears so inevitable. This book brings together many of today's leading historians to shed critical light on secularism's origins, its present crisis, and whether it is as antithetical to religion as it is so often made out to be. The book offers a more nuanced understanding of the origins of secularist thought, demonstrating how Reformed Christianity and the Enlightenment we ... More

Keywords: religion, secularization, secularist thought, Reformed Christianity, Enlightenment, secularism, Jewish messianism, atheism, last rites, Islamic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691190754
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691190754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Nord, editor
Princeton University

Katja Guenther, editor
Princeton University

Max Weiss, editor
Princeton University

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