Revolution As Reformation. Protestant Faith in the Age of Revolutions, 1688-1832


Peter C. Messer and William Harrison Taylor, eds.

“Revolution as Reformation is an important addition to studies of the Atlantic world and to histories of Protestantism. Any scholar working on the intersection between religion and politics in this era would be happy to have this volume handy.”
—Amanda Porterfield, author of Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation

“This rich, wide-ranging volume demonstrates the multitude of ways that religion could influence and foster political revolution in the long eighteenth century. I recommend it highly.”
—Thomas S. Kidd, author of Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

“For anyone who thinks the road from medieval hierarchies to modern liberties is straight and smooth, these essays show the need for a new map.  The curves and rough surfaces on which the modern West traveled were often the result not of conflicts between faith and reason but tensions between religious establishments and religious dissent.  This book’s strength is the addition of French examples to a story dominated by Anglo-American developments.  Readers should buckle up.”
—D. G. Hart, author of American Catholic: The Politics of Faith during the Cold War

“Revolution as Reformation is an immensely helpful and refreshing set of essays on a timely topic: the relationship of Protestantism to the so-called democratic revolutions in Europe and America during the long eighteenth century.  These smart, historically rich, well-documented, and original pieces demonstrate the variety of ways in which religious faith shaped the modern political world.  They eschew outworn generalizations about religion, secularization, and modernity and offer real insight based on historical specificity.”
—Mark Valeri, The Reverend Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

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