John Locke and the Problem of Depravity by W. M. SpellmanJohn Locke and the Problem of Depravity by W. M. Spellman

John Locke and the Problem of Depravity

byW. M. Spellman

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The religious thought of the philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) is examined in this book, which focuses in particular on his view of original sin and its consequences for education in the early Enlightenment. The author argues that Locke has been wrongly accused of denying original sin,ignoring the atonement, and preaching moralism, and that in fact he was much closer to traditional Protestant teaching on human sinfulness than is generally recognized. While education might serve as an effective counterweight to man's innate propensity to overturn God's laws, he recognised that itcould never reduce the importance of the central drama: Christ's work of salvation.

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W.M. Spellman is a Lecturer in History at Suffolk University, Boston.
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Title:John Locke and the Problem of DepravityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019824987X

ISBN - 13:9780198249870

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'The book is rigorous and well-textured.'Mark Goldie, Churchill College, Cambridge, EHR Oct. 91