Reason and Religion in Late Seventeenth-Century England Hardback

The Politics and Theology of Radical Dissent

by Christopher J. Walker;


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Reason and Religion in Late Seventeenth-Century England

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Reason has always held an uncertain position within Christianity. 'I believe because it is absurd', wrote Tertullian in the third century as he dismissed rational thought. For Augustine of Hippo, reason had some merit as a route to faith but otherwise was of limited value, since it could undermine a person's ability to approach God: 'the wisdom of the creature', he opined, 'is a kind of twilight'. In seventeenth-century England, reason had come to mean, most usually, a spirit of free enquiry: the exercise of human intelligence upon some form of truth, whether religious or scientific. The notion of revelation, by contrast, indicated the wider accepted divine scheme within which human existence was situated. Christopher J Walker here explores the tensions between the forces of reason and revelation within English religion in the volatile period following the end of the Civil War.Ranging widely across the ideas of The Great Tew Circle, the Cambridge Platonists and dissenters like Paul Best and John Bidle (the 'father of English Unitarianism'), the author shows, controversially, that the rational thinking and politics of many of the most supposedly radical figures of the era were not antipathetic to Christian faith but actually integral to it. His book makes an important contribution to the history of both religion and ideas.

Reason and Religion in Late Seventeenth-Century England by Christopher J. Walker was published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in October 2012. The ISBN for Reason and Religion in Late Seventeenth-Century England is 9781780762920.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (October 2012)
Weight567g
Number of Pages304
Thickness33 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781780762920
ISBN-101780762925
Product Code4040820
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