The Unintended Reformation: how a religious revolution secularized society

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Harvard University Press, Jan 15, 2012 - History - 560 pages
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In a work as much about the present as the past, Gregory identifies the unintended consequences of the Reformation for the modern condition: a hyperpluralism of beliefs, intellectual disagreements that splinter into fractals of specialized discourse, the absence of a substantive common good, and the triumph of capitalism’s driver, consumerism.

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This book exceeds my expectations. It thorough and well researched. One would expect a great work from this author and it certainly is. This seems to be written for a sophisitic audience but it can ... Read full review

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A scholarly, thought-provoking, but ultimately one-sided book that vastly oversimplifies the reasons for the secularization of European society. The author's Catholic bias is clearly on display, despite his excellent scholarship, in his attempts to pin the woes of the modern era squarely on Protestantism when, in fact, secularization has its roots more in medieval Thomism and the Renaissance humanism it provoked. That divorce of the earthly and the spiritual which began unwittingly with Catholic figures like Petrarch and Erasmus, was then transmitted into the political realm through Machiavelli and other classicists. The author fails to account for this other trajectory towards secularism and ultimately presents a misleading thesis. 

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