Item description for The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to Religious Faith by C. John Sommerville...
This study overcomes the ambiguity and daunting scale of the subject of secularization by using the insights of anthropology and sociology, and by examining an earlier period than usually considered. Concentrating not only on a decline of religious belief, which is the last aspect of secularization, this study shows that a transformation of England's cultural grammar had to precede that loosening of belief, and that this was largely accomplished between 1500 and 1700. Only when definitions of space and time changed and language and technology were transformed (as well as art and play) could a secular world-view be sustained. As aspects of daily life became divorced from religious values and controls, religious culture was supplanted by religious faith, a reasoned, rather than an unquestioned, belief in the supernatural. Sommerville shows that this process was more political and theological than economic or social.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.59" Width: 6.47" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.17 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1992
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195074270 ISBN13 9780195074277
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More About C. John Sommerville
C. John Sommerville (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Florida. He is the author of nine books, including most recently, The Decline of the Secular University (2006), How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society (1999), and The News Revolution in England: Cultural Dynamic of Daily Information (1996).