Exchemist, have you gotten any further with Bury's book? Or did you, like I, get distracted into another direction? I have finally finished chapter seven which really impressed me. He says a lot about how science brought down religion, how more freedom to think for ourselves put religion off into its own little corner for those who still want to believe, how philosophers, poets, and many others encouraged the allowance of freedom of thought, speech and beliefs. Always he is stressing the history of how we moved from religion to science and freedom to have our own thoughts and beliefs.
This left me with a question. I suppose we need to find a professional philosopher to get an answer. My question: For those studying philosophy toward a career in that field - do they take a course in religion as a philosophy? Not from a faith foundation but from a historical foundation - religion's place in mankind's history? Mr. Bury mentions how the Old Testament books served a purpose in their own time. There are some surprising facts about how the Hebrews viewed the stories therein. Also some surprising ones about the New Testament.
Anyway, do philosophy students get a basic course in religion as Mr. Bury develops it? I tried searching Google. All I got was link after link shouting that religion should not be taught in public colleges. As a faith, perhaps not. But as a history? We actually studied the Bible as a literary work. It looks quite different from that angle.
All right. Enough from me. I was just wondering if you got to read more and what you might be thinking of it.