The struggle between orthodox Anglicans and the deists, freethinkers and 'atheists' who opposed their exclusive claims to religious power and political authority reveals cultural practices and ideological assumptions central to an understanding of eighteenth-century thought. In this collection of essays, leading scholars examine the philosophical and rhetorical strategies involved, and show how the eighteenth-century assault on orthodoxy influenced the development of law, historiography, public policy, philosophy and the rise of the novel.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction Roger D. Lund; Part I. The Ideology and Origins of Heterodoxy: 1. Within the margins: the definitions of orthodoxy J. G. A. Pocock; 2. Freethinking and libertinism: the legacy of the English Revolution Christopher Hill; Part II. Locke and Heterodox Opinion: 3. Anticlericalism and authority in Lockean political thought Richard Ashcraft; 4. John Locke, conservative radical G. A. J. Rogers; Part III. Policing the Margins: 5. Samuel Parker, religious diversity, and the ideology of persecution Gordon Schochet; 6. The Societies for the Reformation of Manners: between Locke and the devil in Augustan England Shelley Burtt; 7. Irony as subversion: Thomas Woolston and the crime of wit Roger D. Lund; 8. The limits of moderation in a Latitudinarian parson; or, High Church zeal in a Low Churchman discover'd Jeffrey S. Chamberlain; Part IV. Orthodox Defenses, Heterodox Results: 9. Deists and Anglicans: the ancient wisdom and the idea of progress Joseph M. Levine; 10. Henry Fielding and the problem of deism Ronald Paulson; Bibliography; Index.