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Revolution, French
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Development of a Civil Religion

1. The importance of the French Revolution (1789–1799) for → European history of religion emerges primarily through the → secularization process for which the Enlightenment had supplied a theoretical preparation. That process identifies the transition to the modern age. At the same time, the Revolution developed its own myths and cults—oriented, in t…

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Sekler, Manuela, “Revolution, French”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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