The Revolution Against the Church : From Reason to the Supreme Being
In Paris in the winter and spring of 1793-94, a sudden and violent attempt at "dechristianization" flared up. It is regarded as a wilful endeavour to eradicate religious institutions, practices and beliefs in an effort to set up a new cult - that of Reason. In this work, Vovelle attempts to discover how to evaluate this episode - as a tragic accident of the moment or as a momentous break in religious history lasting to the present day. From documentary evidence, Vovelle traces the growth of the revolutonary movement against the Church. He illustrates his arguments with such indicators as the taking down of bells and surrendering of silverware, drawing conclusions from the many such traumatic events of the dechristianizing mentality of early modern Europe.
- Hardback | 220 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 495g
- 30 Jan 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- maps, calendar, bibliography, index
Table of contents
The adventures of reason; at the origins of dechristianization; the dechristianizing wave; a clean sweep; the abdication of the priests; the married priests; from reason to the supreme being; the dechristianizers; the resistance to dechristianization; dechristianization revealed.