John Locke: Writings on Religion

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John Locke: Writings on Religion brings together for the first time a broad selection of John Locke's writings on religion and theology, some of which have never been published before. Locke was a founder and shaper of modern thought and society, and his principal works are among the most influential ever written. Much that he wrote is either about religion or touches on it, which is not surprising, for he lived and worked during a time of heightened religious sensibility.Subjects that today would be considered to have little or no bearing on religion were viewed by him and his contemporaries within a theological frame: the nature of knowledge and belief, the origin of ideas, the nature of language, metaphysical questions concerning substance, personal identity, therelation of mind and body, the foundation of morality, the origin of civil society, toleration. A right understanding of Locke requires that all of his opinions be viewed within this religious frame. Read together, and in context, these writings illustrate the deep and pervasive religious motivation in Locke's thought. They are key texts in intellectual history.

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John Locke: Writings on Religion brings together for the first time a broad selection of John Locke's writings on religion and theology, some of which have never been published before. Locke was a founder and shaper of modern thought and society, and his principal works are among the most influential ever written. Much that he wrote is...

Victor Nuovo is Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Middlebury College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.46 × 5.35 × 0.73 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChronology of the Life and Times of John LockeIntroduction1. Theology, its sources, and the Pragmatics of Assent2. Morality and Religion'Of Ethick in General''Ethica 92''Sacerdos 98'3. 'Adversaria Theologica 94'4. Inspiration, Revelation, Scripture, and Faith'Immediate Inspiration''Scriptura Sacra'A Discourse of Miracles'An Essay for the Understanding of St Paul's Epistles by Consulting St Paul himself5. The Nature and Authority of the Church'Infallibility''Critical Notes Upon Edward Stillingfleet's Mischief and Unreasonableness of Separation - Extracts'Ecclesia''Error 98'6. The Reasonableness of ChristianityThe Reasonableness of Christianity as delivered in the ScripturesA Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity andc7. Fall and Redemption'Peccatum originale 92''Homo ante et post lapsus''Resurrection et quae sequitur''On the Priesthood of Christ: Analysis of Hebrews''Christianae Religionis Synopsis'Appendix: A list of theological place in An Essay concerning HumanUnderstandingNotes, Bibliography, Index

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`[The] wonderful, forty-two page introduction . . . is in many respects a model of its kind. Clearly and elegantly, it argues the case for the centrality of religion and theology to Locke's thought, and introduces each of the seven sections in turn, with helpful discussion in footnotes of therelevant bibliography of both primary and secondary sources. Throughout, Locke is depicted as representing an enlightened and universalistic version of Christianity, as opposed to the dogmatism of Rome and Geneva. . . . there is an irresistible civility and decency that carries over from Locke intothe introduction that will charm readers of every persuasion. Nor is its charm the introduction's only virtue; it is patently very competent in every respect.'Thomas Lennon, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews