Freethought and Freedom

Freethought and Freedom

by George H Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781944424374
Publisher: Cato Institute
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Essays of George H. Smith , #2
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

George H. Smith writes a weekly column for Libertarianism. org. He is the author of four books, including The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism, published by Cambridge University Press, and is the editor of Individualism: A Reader and Critics of State Education: A Reader.

Table of Contents

1. Augustine’s Case for Righteous Persecution . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2. The Problem of Heresy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

3. Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin on Persecution . 19

4. Shaftesbury on the Value of Ridicule . 29

5. How Freethinkers Attempted to Avoid Persecution . . . . . . . . . 39

6. The English Deists . . 49

7. Deism, The Age of Reason, and Richard Carlile . . 59

8. Miracles and Edward Gibbon . . 69

9. John Toland and the Nature of Reason . 83

10. The Politics of Deism . . 97

11. Skepticism . . 107

12. Francis Bacon and the Rise of Secularism . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

13. Benedict Spinoza . 129

14. Spinoza on the Bible . 141

15. Spinoza on Freedom of Religion and Speech . 151

16. Spinoza’s Political Theory . 161

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17. A Critique of Spinoza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

18. Jean Meslier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

19. Jean Meslier and the Catholic Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

20. Jean Meslier and Christian Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

21. The Political Theory of Jean Meslier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

22. Jean Meslier on Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

23. The Christian Theory of Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

24. Early Christianity and the Modern Libertarian Movement . . . . 243

25. The Secularization of Private Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

26. Private Property and Natural Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

27. John Locke on Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291

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