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The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment: 1690–1805 (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C)

Ahnert, Thomas

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In the Enlightenments it was often argued that moral conduct, rather than adherence to theological doctrine, was the true measure of religious belief. The author argues that this "enlightened" emphasis on conduct in religion relied less on arguments from reason alone than has been believed. Series: The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-century Culture & History. Num Pages: 224 pages. BIC Classification: 1DBKS; 3JF; HPCD1; HRCC93. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 243 x 164 x 25. Weight in Grams: 480. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780300153804

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In the European Enlightenments it was often argued that moral conduct rather than adherence to certain theological doctrines was the true measure of religious belief. Thomas Ahnert argues that this characteristically “enlightened” emphasis on conduct in religion was less reliant on arguments from reason alone than is commonly believed. In fact, the champions of the Scottish Enlightenment were deeply skeptical of the power of unassisted natural reason in achieving “enlightened” virtue and piety. They advocated a practical program of “moral culture,” in which revealed religion was of central importance. Ahnert traces this to theological controversies going back as far as the Reformation concerning the key question of early modern theology, the conditions of salvation. His findings present a new point of departure for all scholars interested in the intersection of religion and Enlightenment.

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Thomas Ahnert is a reader in history at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Religion and the Origins of the German Enlightenment: Faith and the Reform of Learning in the Thought of Christian Thomasius. He lives in Edinburgh.

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