Renan, Ernest, 1823-1892

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Birth 1823-02-28
Death 1892-10-02

Biographical notes:

French philosopher and best known for his writings on early Christianity.

From the description of [Letter] 1880 juin 18, Paris [to] Monsieur / E. Renan. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 320955893

French philologist and historian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to [W.A. Knight], 1882 Sept. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617180

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rome, to [Eugène Burnouf], 1850 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617170

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Perros-Guirec, to an unidentified correspondent, 1889 July 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617184

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to an unidentified correspondent, 1856 Jan. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270617187

Joseph Ernest Renan was a French author and theorist, best known for his pioneering work in comparative religion. Born in Brittany, he experienced myth and religion in his youth, became enamored of the scientific method, and earned a degree in philosophy. Archaeological expeditions to the Near East led him to treat Christianity in a new and unorthodox way, controversially suggesting that Jesus Christ and the Bible could be studied as history. Renan was deeply influential during his lifetime, and is remembered today as the founder of comparative religious studies, suggesting all religions are inherently good, and everyone should frame their beliefs as best as they can.

From the description of Ernest Renan letter to M. Neubauer, circa 1880? (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 227389772

Philologist and historian.

From the description of Note of Ernest Renan, 1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449507


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