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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …” So starts Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. And without doubt the age of reason–or the enlightenment–was a period like any other. In many ways it was during this time that the modern world was forged.
It was an age where worldviews clashed and new ways of seeing and understanding emerged. It was in religion, above all, that this clash took place. Our modern views of religion, like our modern understanding of science and the interaction between the two, were developed as the enlightenment gathered pace and hit opposition.
This book examines what these powerful new ideas were, and how they impacted Christianity. It offers a wonderful rich and enjoyable portrait of one of the great periods of human history.