Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Origins, Philosophy, and Theology

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" Allen Jayne analyzes the ideology of the Declaration of Independence -- and its implications -- by going back to the sources of Jefferson's ideas: Bolingbroke, Kames, Reid, and Locke. He concludes that the Declaration must be read as an attack on two claims of absolute authority: that of government over its subjects and of religion over the minds of men. Today's world is more secular than Jefferson's, and the importance of philosophical theology in eighteenth-century critical thought must be recognized in order to understand fully and completely the Declaration's implications. Jayne addresses this need by putting religion back into the discussion.

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"Jayne's findings shed light on a controversy -- almost as old as the Declaration itself -- over how much credit Jefferson deserves for authorship.... A lucidly written, insightful treatment of a very complicated subject." -- Virginia Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190037
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/11/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Theological Context 9
2 Bolingbroke and the Enlightenment 19
3 Locke and the Declaration 41
4 Kames and the Moral Sense 62
5 Obstacles to Reason 87
6 Self-Evident Truths 109
7 Religious Freedom 139
Conclusion 168
App The Declaration of Independence 175
Notes 179
Bibliography 217
Index of Persons 232
Index of Subjects 240
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