Blasphemy: Verbal Offense Against the Sacred, from Moses to Salman Rushdie

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UNC Press Books, 1995 - Religion - 688 pages
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What society considers blasphemy - a verbal assault against the sacred - is a litmus test of the standards it believes to be necessary to preserve unity, order, and morality. Society has always condemned as blasphemy what it regards as an abuse of liberty
 

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Contents

Origins of the Offense
3
The Jewish Trial of Jesus
15
Christianity Transforms Blasphemy
31
Compelling Heretics
46
Protestantism Rediscovers Blasphemy
58
The Fires of Smithfield
75
Socinian AntiTrinitarians
101
The Ranters Antinomianism Run Amok
136
Carliles Shopmen and Free Expression
368
Early American State Cases
400
England Reconsiders the Law of Blasphemy
424
English Prosecutions of the 1840s
442
Bible Burning and a Debate Revived
463
Bradlaugh Foote and Coleridges Decency Test
479
The Age of John W Gott
495
The American Middle Period 18801940
506

The Early English Quakers
168
Christianity Becomes the Law of the Land
205
Early Colonial America Gorton and the Quakers
238
America from 1660 to 1800
260
Englands Augustan Age of Toleration
272
Blasphemy and Obscenity
296
The Age of Reason?
320
Eaton to Carlile Deism for the People
339
Modern America
522
The Gay News Case
534
The Rushdie Affair Should All Religions Be Protected or None?
551
Conclusions
568
Notes
581
Index
661
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About the author (1995)

Leonard W. Levy was Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the Claremont Graduate School and author of The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Origins of the Fifth Amendment.

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