Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture describes and analyzes changing attitudes toward religion during three stages of modern European culture: the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the Romantic period. Louis Dupre is an expert guide to the complex historical and intellectual relation between religion and modern culture.Dupre begins by tracing the weakening of the Christian synthesis. At the end of the Middle Ages intellectual attitudes toward religion began to change. Theology, once the dominant science that had integrated all others, lost its commanding position. After the French Revolution, religion once again played a role in intellectual life, but not as the dominant force. Religion became transformed by intellectual and moral principles conceived independently of faith. Dupre explores this new situation in three areas: the literature of Romanticism (illustrated by Goethe, Schiller, and Holderlin); idealist philosophy (Schelling); and theology itself (Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard). Dupre argues that contemporary religion has not yet met the challenge presented by Romantic thought.Dupre's elegant and incisive book, based on the Erasmus Lectures he delivered at the University of Notre Dame in 2005, will challenge anyone interested in religion and the philosophy of culture.
Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture