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By Jennifer Powell McNutt

ISBN-10: 1409424413

ISBN-13: 9781409424413

In 1754, Voltaire, some of the most well-known and provocative writers of the interval, moved to town of Geneva. Little time handed earlier than he instigated clash with the clergy and town as he publicly maligned the reminiscence of John Calvin, promoted the tradition of the French theater, and incited political unrest inside Genevan society. clash with the clergy reached a fever pitch in 1757 whilst Jean d’Alembert released the object ’Genève’ for the Encyclopédie. a lot to the consternation of the clergy, his article either castigated Calvin and depicted his clerical legacy as Socinian. given that then, little has been resolved over the theological place of Calvin’s clerical legacy whereas a lot has been made up of their declining importance in Genevan existence throughout the Enlightenment period. established upon a decade of analysis at the assets at Geneva’s documents d'État and Bibliothèque de Genève, this e-book offers the 1st accomplished monograph dedicated to Geneva’s Enlightenment clergy. exam of the social, political, theological, and cultural stumble upon of the Reformation with the Enlightenment within the figurative assembly of Calvin and Voltaire brings to gentle the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded Geneva’s eighteenth-century clergy. as well as exam of the convergence with the philosophes, prosopographical examine uncovers clerical demographics at paintings. additionally, the character of clerical involvement in Genevan society and sessions of political unrest are thought of in addition to the invention of a ’Reasonable Calvinism’ at paintings within the public preaching and liturgy of Genevan worship. This learn strikes Geneva’s narrative past a simplistic paradigm of ’decline’ and secularization, bargains extra facts for a revisionist knowing of the Enlightenment’s engagement with faith, and locates Geneva’s clergy squarely within the newly rising class of the ’Religious Enlightenment.’ ultimately, the importance of French coverage from the Revocat

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