Religion in the Age of Enlightenment


Karen Bryant


Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, review, Nigel Aston


With publications such as The French Revolution 1789-1804: Liberty, Authority and the Search for Stability (Palgrave, 2004), Christianity in Revolutionary Europe, 1760-1830 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Anticlericalism in Britain from the Reformation to the First World War (Sutton, 2000), Religion and Revolution in France, 1780-1804 (Macmillan, 2000), and now Art and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Europe (2009, Reaktion), Nigel Aston has established himself as an erudite sleuth bent on uncovering in meticulous detail those subjects within eighteenth-century religious scholarship that hitherto have been either ignored or given short shrift. Aston does not disappoint with his latest book in which he writes about what he calls "virtually a non-subject;' that is, religious art circa 1700-1800 (7). Due to the lack of other resources on this important topic, Aston's comprehensive and highly readable Art and Religion in Eighteenth- Century Europe would be a welcome addition to any eighteenth-century scholar's library.