The construction of the notion of religion in early modern Europe

in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
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Abstract

This article traces the construction and use of the notion of "religion" in early modern Europe. The argument is that the concept of "religion" evolved from the medieval ideas of universitas fidelium and conscientia. A look at the writings of Machiavelli and Bodin, as well as the ideas of the English Latitudinarians, reveals that they used the word without reference to theological content and with indifference to theological differences, but, instead, to convey ideas of a common morality for the building of a civil society and a functional statehood.

The construction of the notion of religion in early modern Europe

in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

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