The Enlightenment is often seen as an anti-Christian movement, rich in cynicism, skepticism, and a scientific consciousness intolerant of supernatural faith. Although some of this narrative holds up to historical enquiry, the notion of a ‘warfare’ between reason and faith is misleading for the simple reason that much of the period’s hostility to theology was motivated by Christian ethics and spirituality. The Enlightenment was, in many ways, a protest of faith against faith – an extension of the subversive energies of the European Reformation.
This lecture argues that some of the most dynamic impulses of the Enlightenment era were products of a biblical imagination, including religious tolerance, the sanctity of conscience, and human equality. Important as this is in itself, the lecture will also argue that such an understanding can help to open fresh avenues of dialogue between Christian and secular thought.
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About the Speaker
Dominic Erdozain earned his PhD in history at Cambridge University. He taught for six years at King’s College London before moving to Atlanta, where he is a scholar in residence at Emory University. He is the author of The Soul of Doubt: the Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx (Oxford, 2015) and the editor of The Dangerous God: Christianity and the Soviet Experiment (Northern Illinois, 2017). He is currently writing a book on the American gun culture, entitled God, Guns and Democracy in America, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
He has spoken in churches, schools and non-academic conferences on a wide range of issues, from the abolition of slavery to the history of the Olympic Games. He is a member of the Institute of Historical Research, where he co-convenes the Modern Religious History seminar. In September, Dominic will be a visiting scholar in the Laidlaw Graduate School teaching the postgraduate course, Knowledge, Reality and God: Theology and Western Thought.
Start 18 Sep 2019 12:00 am
End 18 Sep 2019 12:00 am