John Locke Writings on Religion

ISBN-10: 0199243425

ISBN-13: 9780199243426

Edition: 2002

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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, the relation 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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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

John Locke's works of political and social philosophy, written in the 17th century, have strongly influenced intellectuals ever since - including the founders of the United States of America. Born in 1632 in Wrington, England, Locke studied at Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in the late 1650's. He also studied medicine and earned a medical license. His studies led to an interest in contemporary philosophers influenced by science, such as Rene Descartes. Locke read widely among them while teaching at Christ Church over the next few years. In 1667, Locke became personal physician and adviser to Anthony Ashley Cooper, who later was appointed Earl of Shaftesbury. Through Shaftesbury's patronage, Locke earned some government posts and entered London's intellectual circles, all the while writing philosophy. He was one of the best-known European thinkers of his time when he died in 1704. In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Locke established the philosophy of empiricism, which holds that the mind at birth is a blank tablet. Experience, Locke believed, would engrave itself upon the tablet as one grew. He felt humans should create theories according to experience and test them with experiments. This philosophy helped establish the scientific method. Locke codified the principals of liberalism in "Two Treatises of Government" (1690). He emphasized that the state must preserve its citizens' natural rights to life, liberty and property. When the state does not, Locke argued, citizens are justified in rebelling. His view of liberalism comprised limited government, featuring elected representation and legislative checks and balances. While a Christian, Locke believed in absolute separation of church and state, and he urged toleration of those whose religious views differed from the majorities.

Victor Nuovo became editor of the Clarendon Locke in 1998. He has lectured at Middlebury College, Vermont, since 1962--as Professor of Religion, and then as Professor of Philosophy from 1975. He completed his PhD at Columbia University, and is the author of translations of two of Paul Tillich's early writings on Schelling, The Construction of the History of Religion in Schelling's Positive Philosophy and Mysticism and Guilt-Consciousness in Schelling's Philosophical Development (1975), and a study of Tillich's theology of culture: Visionary Science (1987). He has been working on early modern philosophy for over twenty years, and has been engaged in Locke studies since retirement from full time teaching.

Preface
Chronology of the Life and Times of John Locke
Introduction
Theology, its sources, and the Pragmatics of Assent
Morality and Religion'Of Ethick in General
Ethica 92
Sacerdos 98'
'Adversaria Theologica 94'
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 himself
The Nature and Authority of the Church'Infallibility
Critical Notes Upon Edward Stillingfleet's Mischief and Unreasonableness of Separation - Extracts'Ecclesia
Error 98'
The Reasonableness of ChristianityThe Reasonableness of Christianity as delivered in the ScripturesA Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity andc
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 HumanUnderstanding
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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