Enlightenment and Religion: Rational Dissent in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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Cambridge University Press, May 30, 1996 - History - 348 pages
This book reassesses the relationship between Enlightenment and religion in England. It has long been accepted that liberal, rational dissenters developed an Enlightenment agenda, but most literature on this topic is out of date. These interdisciplinary essays provide a fresh analysis of rational dissent within English Enlightenment culture from a variety of viewpoints. Its wide perspective and new research make Enlightenment and Religion an important and original contribution to eighteenth-century studies.
 

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Contents

Enlightened Dissent an introduction
1
The emergence of Rational Dissent
12
Rational Dissent in early eighteenthcentury Ireland
42
The Enlightenment politics and providence some Scottish and English comparisons
64
The contribution of the Dissenting academy to the emergence of Rational Dissent
99
A set of men powerful enough in many things Rational Dissent and political opposition in England 17701790
140
Law lawyers and Rational Dissent
169
The nexus between theology and political doctrine in Church and Dissent
193
Anglican latitudinarianism Rational Dissent and political radicalism in the late eighteenth century
219
The State as highwayman from candour to rights
241
Priestley on politics progress and moral theology
272
Rational piety
287
New Jerusalems prophecy Dissent and radical culture in England 17861830
312
Index of names
336
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