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Volume 5

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment

Brett C. McInelly, Brigham Young University

Book Review Editor
Sam Cahill, Nanyang Technological University

ISSN 1947-444X
Set ISBN-10: 0-404-63310-2 / Set ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63310-3

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (RAE) publishes scholarly examinations of (1) religion and religious attitudes and practices during the age of Enlightenment; (2) the impact of the Enlightenment on religion, religious thought, and religious experience; and (3) the ways religion informed Enlightenment ideas and values, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, theology, literature, philosophy, the social and physical sciences, economics, and the law.

While the Enlightenment generally refers to an eighteenth-century philosophical and cultural movement that swept through Western Europe, the editors welcome studies that encompass the seventeenth-century intellectual movements that gave rise to the ideals of the Enlightenment—e.g., materialism, skepticism, rationalism, and empiricism—as well as studies that consider later manifestations of Enlightenment ideas and values during the early nineteenth century. The editors likewise welcome studies of non-Western religious topics and issues in light of Enlightenment attitudes. In addition to publishing original research in these areas, RAE includes reviews of books that explore topics relevant to the thematic scope of the annual.

Click here to see the contents of volumes 1–3.
Click here for submission guidelines and a list of the journal’s editorial board.


Volume 5

Vol. 5 ISBN-10: 0-404-63315-3
Vol. 5 ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63315-8
Cloth $125.00


Clare Haynes, “To Put the Soul in Motion”: Connoisseurship as a Religious Discourse in the Writings of Jonathan Richardson
Christopher Fauske, Telescopes, Microscopes, and the Problem of Evil
Rachael Givens Johnson, Equal Portions of Heavenly Fire: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Sexless Soul
Adrianne Wadewitz, Providential Empiricism: Suffering and Shaping the Self in Eighteenth-Century British Children’s Literature
Thomas Spencer, Sacred Alliance? The Critical Assessment of Revelation in Fichte and Kant
Brian Fehler, Recovering the Rhetorical Tradition: George Campbell’s Sympathy and its Augustinian Roots
Bradley Kime, American Unitarians and the George B. English Controversy
John C. O’Neal, The Potential Convergence of Religious and Secular Interests in Voltaire’s Traité sur la tolérance
Marine Ganofsky, Sacred or Profane Pleasures? Erotic Ceremonies in Eighteenth-Century French Libertine Fiction
Muriel Schmid, Pentecost 1794: Robespierre’s Religious Vision and the Fulfillment of Time
Theodore E. D. Braun, Songs without Music: The Hymnes of Le Franc De Pompignan

Boyd Stanley Schlenther. The Elect Methodists: Calvinistic Methodism in England and Wales, 1735–1811. Reviewed by Isabel Rivers. Nicholas Phillipson. David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian. Reviewed by Richard Kleer.
Misty G. Anderson. Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self. Reviewed by Robin Runia.
Ruth Savage, ed. Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain: New Case Studies. Reviewed by Bob Tennant.
Hugo Grotius. The Truth of the Christian Religion, with Jean Le Clerc’s Notes and Additions. Reviewed by Robert G. Walker.
Felicity James and Ian Inkster, eds. Religious Dissent and the Aikin-Barbauld Circle 1740–1860. Reviewed by Nigel Aston.
Mark Crosby, Troy Patenaude, and Angus Whitehead. Re-Envisioning Blake. Reviewed by Joshua Davis.
Kenneth R. Elliott. Anglican Church Policy, Eighteenth Century Conflict, and the American Episcopate. Reviewed by Christopher J. Fauske.



Volume 4

Vol. 4 ISBN-10: 0-404-63314-5
Vol. 4 ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63314-1
Cloth $125.00


John G. Rudy, The Empty Link: Zen Meditative Harmonics and Intimations of Enlightenment in Pope’s Essay on Man and Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
Jeffrey D. Burson, Buddhism as Caricature: China and the Legitimation of Natural Religion in the Enlightenment
Samara Anne Cahill, Madonella’s Other Convent: “Platonick” Ladies, Randy Rakes, and the “Mahometan” Paradise
Vera Jakoby, Under the Cape of Religions: Herder and Shamanism in the Eighteenth Century
Hans-Wilhelm Kelling, An Introduction to Ignaz Edler von Born and His Article “Concerning the Mysteries of the Egyptians”
Hans-Wilhelm Kelling, “Concerning the Mysteries of the Egyptians,” by J. v. B. M. v. St.
Beth K. Aracena, Global and Local Perspectives in Spanish and New World Performances of Calderón’s Four Parts of the World
David Eick, Basnage de Beauval’s “Reformation” of the Dictionnaire universel
Judith C. Mueller, “Conversing with Animal Forms of Wisdom”: Blake’s Visions of Eternity in Context
Robin Runia, “Oppressed with My Own Sensations”: The Histories of Some of the Penitents and Principled Piety
Mary Peace, Sentimentality in the Service of Methodism: John Wesley’s Abridgment of Henry Brooke’s The Fool of Quality (1765–1770)
Peter S. Forsaith, “A Dreadful Phenomenon at the Birches”: Grace, Nature, and Industry in the Ministry and Writings of John Fletcher of Madeley
Nathalie Zimpfer, Of Broomsticks, the “Moderns,” and Self-Expression

Mary Ann Lund. Melancholy, Medicine and Religion in Early Modern England: Reading The Anatomy of Melancholy. Reviewed by Samara Anne Cahill.
Stephen B. Dobranski. Milton in Context. Reviewed by Angela Eward-Mangione.
Patrick Tuite. Theatre of Crisis: The Performance of Power in the Kingdom of Ireland, 1662-1692. Reviewed by Dave McGinnis.
C. Scott Dixon, Dagmar Freist, and Mark Grass, eds. Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe. Reviewed by Michael McLaughlin.
Carol Stewart. The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics. Reviewed by Mary Ann Rooks.
Noah Shusterman. Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays in France from Louis XIV through Napoleon.Reviewed by Muriel Schmid.
William Gibson and Geordan Hammond, eds. Wesley and Methodist Studies, Vol. 3. Reviewed by Kathryn Stasio.


Volumes Available to Order

Volume ISBN-10 ISBN-13 Pub. Date Price
1 0-404-63311-0 978-0-404-63311-0 12/2009 $125.00
2 0-404-63312-9 978-0-404-63312-7 12/2010 $125.00
3 0-404-63313-7 978-0-404-63313-4 08/2012 $125.00
4 0-404-63314-5 978-0-404-63314-1 11/2013 $125.00