"Conscience and Conversion" by Thomas Kselman

Conscience and Conversion Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France Thomas Kselman

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
20 Mar 2018
ISBN:
9780300226133
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
400 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
9 b-w illus.

Religious liberty is usually part of a larger discussion of church-state relations—a context that often obfuscates the way it plays out in the lives of individuals. Drawing from a rich array of primary sources, Thomas Kselman explores how several individuals in Restoration France responded to the newly acquired right of religious choice by converting from one belief system to another. Kselman sheds light on their reasons and the repercussions, and how this sense of liberty informs our secular age.

Thomas Kselman is professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and a former president of the American Catholic Historical Association. He lives in Granger, IN.

“At once learned and accessible, Conscience and Conversion is a strikingly original addition to the historiography on the culture of nineteenth-century France.”—Jan Goldstein, University of Chicago


“At once learned and accessible, Conscience and Conversion is a strikingly original addition to the historiography on the culture of nineteenth-century France. Kselman is a sympathetic observer of the often excruciating doubt and ambivalence that his protagonists suffer. His even-handedness in telling these conflict-laden tales wins the reader’s trust.”—Jan Goldstein, University of Chicago
 

“Tom Kselman is one of the most accomplished historians working on religion in modern Europe. In this highly original, and—as always—brilliantly researched study, he evokes and analyzes the challenges of religious conversions and the complex story of religious freedom in nineteenth-century France, so relevant today. A fascinating book.”—John Merriman, Yale University