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Church and the Age of Reason, 1648-1789 (Penguin History of the Church) Paperback – 28 Jun 1990

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Jun. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140137610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140137613
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RevdRMBWest on 3 Sept. 2013
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This has been out of print for a while and so I bought a copy second hand in good condition, as advertised.

It is, I believe, well-researched and very well written and will certainly repay anyone interested in this period of the history of the Christian Church, when European civilization underwent the Cartesian and Newtonian revolutions in natural science and in philosophy and when man became a bit too confident in his own reasoning prowess, leading on to the French Revolution and the reign of terror. But in this country and in the American colonies we had the revivals of the evangelicals - something which must make us all pause for thought.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Worthy and interesting 17 Nov. 2001
By Wayne Symes - Published on
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This is a good summary of what was happening in the European Christian church during the period mentioned in the title (although in the interests of context it does look at events that occur either side of the dates). In particular, this book is strongest when it analyses the impact that changes in society were having upon the Church. The basic format is for each chapter to focus on one particular country for one section of the period.
One of my criticisms of the book is that 5 of the 15 chapters (plus an introduction and an epilogue) focus on England and 2 focus on France. Of the 8 remaining chapters; Germany, Scotland, Russia (and the Eastern churches) and the New World rate a chapter each, while the other 4 look at the impact of specific cultural changes. It does come across as being very Anglo-centric.
Another negative about the book is that the writing style can be a little pedestrian at times. Yes, this is history, but there are plenty of history books around that make it clear that you can write history (and remain accurate and factual) while still being a page-turner.
While this sounds quite critical, I did enjoy reading the book. The period (between the enormous changes of both the Reformation and the French Revolution) is a fascinating one and there is much in this book that has prompted me to want to read more. Cragg's footnotes and bibliography point in some good directions for doing so. In reality, if there were half stars I would rate this one 3 1/2, but my criticisms mean that I have to lean toward the 3.
I am glad to have it but I have not read it ... 27 Aug. 2015
By Ellen - Published on
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I purchased this book to complete a set. I am glad to have it but I have not read it yet.
Five Stars 29 Sept. 2015
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Excellent transaction.Thanks.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So what's wrong with anglo-centric? 17 Jun. 2013
By Michael Davenport - Published on
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Everyone, even academics, can't escape their cultural bias. But there are other books written with other cultural bias that help us to balance the picture. There is nothing wrong with writing this way as long as the truth is related. I, for one, accept that and enjoy it.
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