Popular Religion in the American and French Revolutions

  • Clarke Garrett

Abstract

In the era Robert Palmer has called the age of the democratic revolution, every European country west of Russia, and the European colonies in America as well, felt the shock-waves of an explosion of new ideas and new energies whose repercussions we still feel. There is no question that the revolutions had profound effects on religious institutions. The role of the churches in society was called into question as never before, and so was the clergy’s role as moral and spiritual arbiter. Moreover, the pronouncements of church and state would never again mesh as nicely as they had seemed to do, in protestant and catholic countries alike, in the decades preceding the American and French Revolutions. Yet it has never been clear what the impact of these revolutions was on the belief structures of ordinary men and women.

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