Enlightenment

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Cloud of skeptics

Peter Watson sketches in the lives and thoughts of an array of scientists, artists, and philosophers who offer ways to cope with the death of God.

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The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, by George M. Marsden

Spring books

In our gridlocked civic life, the secular ideals of the Enlightenment and the unbending stance of the religious right are both the blame, George Marsden argues.

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Fire and Light, by James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns has authored an eminently readable history of that elusive historical movement we call the Enlightenment.

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Sarah Osborn’s World, by Catherine A. Brekus

Spring books

Catherine Brekus introduces us to a disturbing, heartbreaking and improbably inspiring life. Sarah Osborn’s early years were an unending series of afflictions made worse by the austere Calvinism of her family and church. Born in England in 1714, Sarah emigrated to America with her parents, who settled in Rhode Island.

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Rethinking Modern Judaism, by Arnold M. Eisen

What came first, the chicken of belief or the egg of ritual? And how do they relate to each other? This is a central question posed by Arnold Eisen in his absorbing and wide-ranging account of contemporary Jewish practice. The transformation of that practice resulted from two events sparked by the French Revolution: the Enlightenment and the emancipation of the Jews.