Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought

Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought

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In todaya€™s developed world, much of what people believe about religious toleration has evolved from crucial innovations in toleration theory developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Thinkers from that period have been rightly celebrated for creating influential, liberating concepts and ideas that have enabled many of us to live in peace. However, their work was certainly not perfect. In this enlightening volume, John Christian Laursen and MarAsa JosAc Villaverde have gathered contributors to focus on the paradoxes, blindspots, unexpected flaws, or ambiguities in early modern toleration theories and practices. Each chapter explores the complexities, complications, and inconsistencies that came up in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as people grappled with the idea of toleration. In understanding the weaknesses, contradictions, and ambivalences in other theories, they hope to provoke thought about the defects in ways of thinking about toleration in order to help in overcoming similar problems in contemporary toleration theories.See Archelaus; The Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes (np: Bieber Publishing, 2011) Kindle Edition, Act 36, Location ... For example, see Atkinson, The Extraordinary Voyage, 108, 120: Bates, Early Dea€” ism, 67. ... Herbert of Cherbury, Edward, Antient Religion of the Gentiles and Causes of Their Errors Considered (London: John Nott, 1705), 5 [hereafter cited by page number in the text].

Title:Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought
Author:John Christian Laursen, Maria Jose Villaverde
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2012-06-21


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