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A New Science

The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason

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$47.00 • £37.95 • €42.50

ISBN 9780674048607

Publication Date: 06/15/2010


240 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Study of Religion as Cultural Criticism
  • I. Paradigm Shift: Exploring the World’s Religions
    • 1. A New World: Religions Unthinkable
    • 2. A New Science: Explorers of Religions
  • II. Respublica Hebraeorum: Biblical Religion and European Culture
    • 1. Antiquitates Judaicae: The Early Modern Study of Israelite Religion
    • 2. Homeros Hebraios: Homer and the Bible at the Origins of European Culture
  • III. From Biblical Philology to the Study of Judaism
  • IV. Biblical Myth, Religious History, and Idolatry
    • 1. Noah’s Sons and the Religious Conquest of the Earth
    • 2. Idolatry and Its Roots
  • V. Iranian Religions and the Idea of Dualism
    • 1. The Prophet of Iran and Zoroastrianism
    • 2. The Birth of Manichaean Studies
  • VI. From Mohammedis Imposturae to the Three Impostors: The Study of Islam and the Enlightenment
  • VII. From China to Rome: The Discovery of Civil Religion
    • 1. Chinese Atheism and the Querelle des Rites
    • 2. Enlightenment Perceptions of Roman Religion
  • Epilogue: From Ritual to Myth
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Subjects

Awards & Accolades

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2011
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