Religious Thought in the Eighteenth Century: Illustrated from Writers of the Period

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John Martin Creed, John Sandwith Boys Smith
Cambridge University Press, Mar 21, 2013 - Religion - 342 pages
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Originally published in 1934, this book contains passages from a variety of well-known writers illustrating the changes and developments in thought concerning religion during the eighteenth century. Dealing primarily with the movement of thought in England, the text reveals the impact of Enlightenment ideas upon established religious principles and institutions. The selected writers are all given a brief biographical introduction. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in eighteenth-century history and theology.
 

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Contents

NATURAL RELIGION AND REVELATION
1
john Locke
10
Christianity not Mysterious
16
Natural Religion without Revelation
22
Lack of Universality not an objection to Revelation
28
Nature and the Artificer of Nature
36
From Nature to Revelation
46
Old Testament Prophecies restored with the help
55
A Sentimental Faith
165
The Truths of History and the Truths of Reason
172
The Realm of Nature and the Realm of Ends
183
Faith in God Freedom and Immortality
190
Human Nature Radically Bad
197
THE STUDY OF THE BIBLE
205
The Composition of the Old Testament
220
The Bible as Literature
229

The Gospel founded upon Allegory
58
The Resurrection an Imposture
65
Alleged Miraculous Powers of the ancient Church
75
The Truth of Christianity proved by internal marks
82
THE GROUNDS AND SUFFICIENCY
93
The Authority of Conscience
104
The Origin of Religion in Human Nature dis
147
THE PASSING OF THE AGE OF REASON
153
THE CHURCH IN ITS RELATION
237
The Church not dependent upon the State
244
Church Authority real though not absolute
260
William
267
Establishment to be justified by its Utility
275
Religion the Consecration of the Commonwealth
285
Civil Establishment of Religion an Innovation
294
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