Religion in the Age of Enlightenment


Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, review, David Hume


D avid Hume's place among intellectuals of the eighteenth century is at least in part based on the happy circumstance of when he wrote. Hume had the advantage of being in the position to begin to systematize, summarize, and develop the remarkable progress and theorizing that had characterized the period prior to his own contributions. Hume's work stretched from a time in which conjecture and exploration were the hallmark of intellectual activity to one in which it became possible-necessary even-to take stock of what had transpired over the preceding decades.