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Evidence in History

James Davison Hunter

in To Change the World

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730803
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0005
Evidence in History

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The alternative view of cultural change that assigns roles not only to ideas but also to elites, networks, technology, and new institutions, provides a much better account of the growth in plausibility and popularity of these important cultural developments. This is the evidence of history—particularly clear in an overview of key moments in church history and the rise of the Enlightenment and its various manifestations. Change in culture or civilization simply does not occur when there is change in the beliefs and values in the hearts and minds of ordinary people or in the creation of mere artifacts.

Keywords: diaspora; Hellenism; Church Fathers; paideia; Carolingian Renaissance; Reformation; humanism; Great Awakening; William Wilberforce; socialism

Chapter.  13646 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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