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By Robert D. Priest

The Gospel in response to Renan offers a brand new and holistic interpretation of 1 of the non-fiction sensations of the 19th century: Ernest Renan's lifetime of Jesus (Vie de Jésus). released in 1863, Renan's publication aroused huge, immense controversy via its declare to be a traditionally actual biography of Jesus. whereas lifetime of Jesus provoked the ire of the Catholic Church in 1000s of sermons and pamphlets, it additionally offered hundreds
of hundreds of thousands of copies, creating a fortune for its writer and his publisher.

Based on examine right into a large variety of print and manuscript resources, The Gospel in response to Renan demonstrates how Renan's paintings intervened in a awesome diversity of debates in nineteenth-century French cultural lifestyles. those went a ways past questions of faith, from the position of people in background to the that means and importance of 'race'. via an attractive reconstruction of Renan's highbrow formation, Priest exhibits how Renan's rules grew out of the context of Parisian
intellectual existence after his lack of religion within the 1840s. Going past a standard highbrow background, Priest makes use of a variety of new manuscript resources, lots of that have by no means been tested by way of glossy historians, which will reconstruct the ways in which traditional French women and men engaged with one of many great
religious debates in their age. by means of tracing the legacy of lifetime of Jesus into the early years of the 20 th century, Priest eventually exhibits how Renan's paintings came across new political that means within the heated debates over secularisation that divided French society within the younger 3rd Republic.

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