A Letter Concerning Toleration / Edition 1

A Letter Concerning Toleration / Edition 1

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by John Locke, Robert M. Baird, Stuart E. Rosenbaum
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0879755989

ISBN-13: 9780879755980

Pub. Date: 05/28/1990

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Ever since humankind raised its head toward the heavens in search of universal understanding and spiritual fulfillment, wars, pogroms, persecution, prejudice, and contempt have been the means of resolving the many and varied disagreements that have arisen over matters religious.

In his Letter Concerning Toleration, Locke offers a compelling plea for freedom of

Overview

Ever since humankind raised its head toward the heavens in search of universal understanding and spiritual fulfillment, wars, pogroms, persecution, prejudice, and contempt have been the means of resolving the many and varied disagreements that have arisen over matters religious.

In his Letter Concerning Toleration, Locke offers a compelling plea for freedom of conscience and religious expression. He outlines the limits of social and political incursion into the realm of personal belief or non-belief, discusses the dangers of mixing church and state, and strikes hard at those who would use the power of the state to fulfill religious or political goals. Rational persuasion is always to be encouraged in the hope that wayward souls may find a moral direction in life, but the use of force in such matters is unwarranted and unacceptable.

Locke also addresses the question of denominational infighting and relations among the major religions. Talk of heresy and schism should be set aside in favor of understanding and cooperation to achieve mutually desirable social ends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879755980
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
78
Sales rank:
687,225
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.18(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
John Locke: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

A Letter Concerning Toleration

Appendix A: Additional Writings on Toleration and Religion by Locke

  1. From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689)
  2. From The Reasonableness of Christianity (1695)

Appendix B: Locke’s Contemporaries on Religious Toleration

  1. From William Penn, The Great Case of Liberty of Conscience Once More Briefly Debated and Defended (1670)
  2. From Baruch Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise (1670)
  3. From Pierre Bayle, A Philosophical Commentary on These Words of the Gospel, Luke 14:23, “Compel them to come in, that my house may be full” (1686)
  4. From Samuel von Pufendorf, Of the Nature and Qualification of Religion in Reference to Civil Society (1687)

Appendix C: Locke and His Critics

  1. From Thomas Long, The Letter for Toleration Deciphered, and the Absurdity and Impiety of an Absolute Toleration Demonstrated (1689)
  2. From Jonas Proast, The Argument of the Letter Concerning Toleration, Briefly Considered and Answered (1690)
  3. From Philanthropus [John Locke], A Second Letter Concerning Toleration (1690)

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