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The Cambridge History of Christianity 7

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During the tumultuous period of world history from 1660 to 1815,
three complex movements combined to bring a fundamental cultural reorientation to Europe and North America, and ultimately
to the wider world. The Enlightenment transformed views of
nature and of the human capacity to master nature. The religious
reawakenings brought a revival of heart-felt, experiential Christianity. Finally revolution, the political and social upheavals of the late
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, challenged established
ideas of divine-right monarchies and divinely ordained social hierarchies, and promoted more democratic government, notions of
human rights, and religious toleration. A new religious climate
emerged, in which people were more likely to look to their own
feelings and experiences for the basis of their faith. During this
same period, Christianity spread widely around the world as a
result of colonialism and missions, and responded in diverse ways
to its encounters with other cult
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