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Religious Knowledge And The Origins Of Modernity

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The link between secularization and modernity has long been debated, but only someone with the acuity and deep learning of Jan Bremmer could succeed in making us look with fresh eyes at this crucial issue. There would be no secularization without religion in first place, and religion itself has become a highly contested concept. Do all cultures have religion, or is religion a concept that only has meaning in the now secularized Christian world? That is to say, does religion exist as a distinct phenomenon only where church and state are separated as they are in the West? In the spirit of contributing to the genealogy of the concept religion and its relationship to Modernity, this chapter looks in depth at one of the earliest European works Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, that offered a comparative analysis of religious ceremonies and customs throughout the world.

Keywords: Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde; Christian; church; religion; religious ceremonies



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