Talk:Cult of Reason

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Theist, deist, atheistic...[edit]

There still appears to be some confusion among the sources as to how various Cults and Festivals should be described. The Cult of Reason and Cult of the Supreme Being in particular:

  • Heterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe: Studies on the Traité des Trois Imposteurs; Volume 148 of International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées; Silvia Berti, Françoise Charles-Daubert, R.H. Popkin; Springer Science & Business Media, 1996; Pg. 302 - "Robespierre's cult of the Supreme Being was not the only deist religion that came to be during the Revolution. Some months before, the de-christianizers had rededicated churches as 'Temples of Reason' instituting ceremonies pompously delivering the precious metals of religious objects to the State. The Cult of Reason died, as did Robespierre's Cult of the Supreme Being, along with their leaders, but deists less powerful in government started a movement of 'Theophilanthropy', which lingered into the nineteenth century.
  • Being in Time to the Music by Ross, David A.; Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007 - "This Cult of Reason or Deism reached its logical conclusion in the French Revolution..."
  • Daily Life During the French Revolution; James Maxwell Anderson; Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007; Pgs. 152-153 - "CULT OF REASON - A rational religious philosophy known as Deism flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries..."
  • Reason and Authority in the Eighteenth Century; Gerald R. Cragg; Cambridge University Press, 2013; Pg. 40 - "The cult of reason, which made Deism popular..."
  • Deism in France 1789-1799; David Kyle Heenan; University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1953; Pg. 261 - "Deistic thought took on a closer resemblance to religion when the Cult of Reason made its bid for religious supremacy..."
  • The Master Game: Unmasking the Secret Rulers of the World; Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval; Red Wheel Weiser, 2011; Pgs. 13, 451 - "Sometimes referred to as the 'Cult of Reason' but more commonly as the 'Cult of the Supreme Being', it seems that this new religion..."
  • The Importance of Religion; Gavin Flood; Gavin Flood (2012). The Importance of Religion. John Wiley & Sons. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-4051-8971-2. ; "During the French Revolution in 1793 the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was rededicated to the Cult of Reason, an atheistic doctrine intended to replace Christianity."

What is the consensus on the defining traits for each of the several 'cults' that sprang up during the Revolution? Xenophrenic (talk) 03:54, 5 August 2017 (UTC)


Regarding the Goddess of Reason AfD: I made a merger edit here, which expands a bit upon the original article. SteveStrummer (talk) 04:25, 27 October 2013 (UTC)