Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenge of Socinianism

Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenge of Socinianism

by Sarah Mortimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521517044

ISBN-13: 9780521517041

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a significant rereading of political and ecclesiastical developments during the English Revolution, by integrating them into broader European discussions about Christianity and civil society. Sarah Mortimer reveals the extent to which these discussions were shaped by the writing of the Socinians, an extremely influential group of heterodox

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This book provides a significant rereading of political and ecclesiastical developments during the English Revolution, by integrating them into broader European discussions about Christianity and civil society. Sarah Mortimer reveals the extent to which these discussions were shaped by the writing of the Socinians, an extremely influential group of heterodox writers. She provides the first treatment of Socinianism in England for over fifty years, demonstrating the interplay between theological ideas and political events in this period as well as the strong intellectual connections between England and Europe. Royalists used Socinian ideas to defend royal authority and the episcopal Church of England from both Parliamentarians and Thomas Hobbes. But Socinianism was also vigorously denounced and, after the Civil Wars, this attack on Socinianism was central to efforts to build a church under Cromwell and to provide toleration. The final chapters provide a new account of the religious settlement of the 1650s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521517041
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Socinian challenge to Protestant Christianity 13

2 Socinianism in England and Europe 39

3 The Great Tew Circle : Socinianism and scholarship 63

4 Royalists, Socinianism and the English Civil War 88

5 Socinianism and the Church of England 119

6 Reason, religion and the doctrine of the Trinity 147

7 Anti-Trinitarianism, Socinianism and the limits of toleration 177

8 Socinianism and the Cromwellian church settlement 205

Conclusion The legacy of Socinianism 233

Bibliography 242

Index 259

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