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This introductory chapter discusses about Garry Winston Trompf works and his focus on teaching the history of ideas in a strongly Western context focusing on Renaissance, Reformation, and seventeenth-century European history. The first section, 'Melanesia', explores a number of crucial issues in both Melanesian indigenous religions and Melanesian Christianity. The second section, ' Ancient World', talks about the Classical world, and the development from the Roman Imperial period of conditions necessary to the rise of various forms of monotheism in the Mediterranean . Section three, 'Philosophical and Methodological Considerations', begins with John Gascoigne's chapter 'The Religious Thought of Francis Bacon', which seeks to realign Bacon's religious thinking within a number of religious movements present at the time in England (Puritan, Calvinist, and Royalist). The fourth and final section deals with 'Historiography'.

Keywords: European history; historiography; Melanesian Religions



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