The Theological Origins of Modernity

The Theological Origins of Modernity

Michael Allen Gillespie


Exposing the non secular roots of our ostensibly godless age, Michael Allen Gillespie unearths during this landmark examine that modernity is way much less secular than traditional knowledge indicates. Taking as his start line the cave in of the medieval global, Gillespie argues that from the very starting moderns sought to not get rid of faith yet to help a brand new view of faith and its position in human existence. He is going directly to discover the tips of such figures as William of Ockham, Petrarch, Erasmus, Luther, Descartes, and Hobbes, displaying that modernity is healthier understood as a chain of makes an attempt to formulate a brand new and coherent metaphysics or theology.

“Bringing the background of political suggestion brand new and situating it opposed to the backdrop of up to date occasions, Gillespie’s analyses offer us a option to start to have conversations with the Islamic international approximately what's possibly the relevant query inside of all the 3 monotheistic religions: if God is all-powerful, then what's the position of human freedom?”—Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University

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