Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities - download pdf or read online

By Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci

ISBN-10: 1409456803

ISBN-13: 9781409456803

Given the critical function performed by means of faith in early-modern Britain, it's might be dazzling that historians haven't continuously paid shut realization to the moving and nuanced subtleties of phrases utilized in non secular controversies. during this assortment specific recognition is focussed upon of the main contentious of those phrases: 'atheism' and 'deism', phrases that experience formed major components of the scholarship at the Enlightenment. This quantity argues that during the 17th and eighteenth century atheism and deism concerned advantageous differences that experience now not constantly been preserved via later students. the unique deployment and utilization of those phrases have been frequently extra complex than a lot of the old scholarship indicates. certainly, in a lot of the literature static definitions are usually taken without any consideration, leading to depictions of the previous developed upon anachronistic assumptions. delivering reassessments of the old figures so much linked to 'atheism' and 'deism' in early smooth Britain, this assortment opens the topic up for debate and exhibits how the hot historiography of deism adjustments our figuring out of heterodox spiritual identities in Britain from 1650 to 1800. It problematises the older view that people have been atheist or deists in a simple experience and as an alternative explores the plurality and adaptability of spiritual identities in this interval. Drawing at the newest scholarship, the amount enriches the talk approximately heterodoxy, providing new views on a number of well known figures and offering an outline of significant adjustments within the box.

Show description

Read or Download Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain 1650-1800 PDF

Best religious history books

Download PDF by Oudshoorn, J.G.: The Relationship between Roman and Local Law in the Babatha

Utilizing a department among substantial and formal legislation because the key aspect for realizing the acceptable legislations in papyri, this learn deals a brand new knowing of the specific components Roman and native legislation performed within the criminal fact of second-century Arabia.

Download e-book for kindle: Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity by Greta Hawes

The Greek myths are usually superb; they're choked with monsters, metamorphoses, and the supernatural. although, they can learn in alternative routes in addition. This quantity charts historic dissatisfaction with the excesses of delusion, and some of the makes an attempt to chop those tales all the way down to measurement through explaining them as misunderstood money owed of tangible occasions.

Download PDF by Mark A. Noll: In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public

Before everything of yank background, the observe was once in Spanish, Latin, and local languages like Nahuatal. yet whereas Spanish and Catholic Christianity reached the recent global in 1492, it was once in simple terms with settlements within the 17th century that English-language Bibles and Protestant Christendom arrived.

Get George Whitefield : life, context, and legacy PDF

A set of essays at the lifestyles, profession, and reception of the eighteenth-century evangelical preacher, George Whitefield (1714-70). summary: a suite of essays at the existence, profession, and reception of the eighteenth-century evangelical preacher, George Whitefield (1714-70)

Extra info for Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain 1650-1800

Sample text

Richardson (London, 2002). 18 See Theo Verbeek, Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise: Exploring ‘the Will of God’ (Aldershot, 2003); Daniel B. Schwartz, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image (Princeton, 2012). 19 See Van A. Harvey, Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion (Cambridge, 1995). 20 See, for example, Maudemarie Clark, David Dudrick, The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (Cambridge, 2012). 14 15 Atheism and Deism Revalued 18 It can also be misleading to imply that atheism necessarily involves the rejection of Christianity.

Atheism, which Gibbon associated with the French philosophes, especially Voltaire, is condemned in the Decline and Fall as a species of bigotry which offers no intellectual antidote to Christian intolerance. Although Gibbon provides a scathing account of the rise of the Christian Church, indebted to the work of the English deists, he insists that natural religion does not offer a solution to religious or irreligious extremism, not because its views are unjustifiable, but because its balanced neutrality is almost impossible to sustain.

If, for example, they believed that the universe was divine, then rejecting a supernatural deity might not be as decisive as it first appears. Historians, however, write as if atheists were a natural kind, detectable by simple definitions. However, those who rejected deity were of many kinds and multiple opinions, and only careful scholarship will allow us to construct what they thought and believed about anything, even though we may make predictions. In the same way, there is no completely self-evident relationship between atheism and either religiosity or mysticism.

Download PDF sample

Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain 1650-1800 by Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci

by Thomas

Rated 4.20 of 5 – based on 17 votes