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The Religious Enlightenment:
Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna
David Sorkin

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"This dense, erudite and necessary book certainly establishes that religious reform was a central--and precarious--feature of the Enlightenment. It . . . should effect a decisive shift in our understanding of that period."--Ritchie Robertson, German History

"Sorkin's study presents a valuable contribution to the ongoing reassessment of the Enlightenment. . . . The beautifully written essays display an uncommon fairness to each faith and are supported by an admirable historical erudition."--Louis Dupré, Catholic Historical Review

"Theologians and historians will both find this book useful."--Erna Oliver, Studia Historiae Ecclesisticae

"[O]ne hopes that this concise, erudite, and unprepossessing book succeeds in putting its moderate subjects where they should be: in the middle of our eighteenth-century map."--Suzanne Marchand, Cambridge Journals

"[N]ot the least among this book's achievements is the revival of discussion on the religious Enlightenment in the multiconfessional and multinational Austrian monarchy."--Grete Klingenstein, Austrian History Yearbook

"In brief, this is a deeply researched, well-written, and compelling account of the importance of religion in shaping European enlightenments."--James E. Bradley, Church History


"Sorkin is right to argue that enlightenment and faith went together for most participants in the Enlightenment, and that this is a major topic that has been relatively neglected. He has written an outstanding and eminently accessible book bringing the whole question centrally to scholars' attention. He skillfully demonstrates that all confessions and religious traditions found themselves very much in a common predicament and sought similar solutions."--Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study

"Powerfully cogent. Sorkin seeks to show that the 'religious Enlightenment' was not a contradiction in terms but was an integral and central part of the Enlightenment. Anyone interested in the history of the Enlightenment in particular or the eighteenth century in general will want to read this book. Sorkin is one of the leading scholars working in the field. His scholarship is as wide as it is deep."--Tim Blanning, University of Cambridge

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