Christianity, Antiquity, and Enlightenment: Interpretations by Victor Nuovo

By Victor Nuovo

It is often authorized that John Locke used to be the daddy of the English Enlightenment and the founding father of sleek political liberalism. those are at most sensible half-truths that, whilst uncritically hired, have the influence of casting him because the precursor secular modernism, as a philosopher with no interest in the subjects explored within the numerous chapters of this ebook. right here a distinct Locke appears to be like; a Christian Virtuoso, an experimental normal thinker who believed that training the hot technology ready the brain for published fact; an eclectic thinker, who used to be receptive to the philosophical background of Antiquity and topic to its enlightening impression, yet who appropriated from old philosophical platforms purely what he came upon priceless to maintain his Christian philosophical application; a biblical theologian who used severe ancient the way to get better the unique Christian revelation, whose fact Locke by no means doubted; a Christian dutifully engaged in perfecting his religion; and a pilgrim during this international expecting the arrival of the subsequent. The Lockean course from Christianity during the revival of Antiquity to Enlightenment is proven to be a meandering one who usually grew to become again upon itself. Others, following in his educate, may hold it to its vacation spot. the purpose of those experiences isn't really to decrease Locke¹s philosophical greatness, that's past dispute, yet to bare the unforeseen richness of his brain, its complexity, the ambiguities and curious turns of inspiration that locate expression in his writing, and the intensity of his thinking.

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16; IV. iii. 18; also IV. xii. 8, where Locke refers to the proposition that morality is capable of demonstration as a ‘Conjecture’. 52 53 Chapter 2 Locke’s Theology, 1694–1704* There is indeed one Science (as they are now destinguishd) incomparably above all the rest where it is not by Corrruption narrowed into a trade or faction for meane or ill ends and secular Interests, I mean Theologie, which conteining the Knowledg of god and his creatures, our duty to him and our fellow creatures and a view of our present and future state is the comprehension of all other knowledg directed to its true end, i.

11 The life of John Locke,with Extracts from his Correspondence, Journals, and Common-place Books, new edn, 2 vols (London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830), ii, 186–94. King included ‘Electio’, another entry from ‘Adversaria theologica’, among selections from ‘Adversaria 1661’ at pp. 98–9. 7 See LL; also, A Summary Catalogue of the Lovelace Collection of the Papers of John Locke in the Bodleian Library, ed. P. Long (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the Bodleian Library, 1959). 8 See, for example, J.

91, 97. , John Locke, Two Tracts on Government, ed. Philip Abrams (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967), ‘Infallibility’, WR, 69–72. 26 Correspondence, i, 305. 27 See De Beer’s headnote to no. 163, Correspondence, i, 214; also John Strachey to Locke, 18 November 1663: Strachey advised against accepting an ecclesiastical living, arguing that Locke’s intellect is too versatile to be confined to the cares of the clerical office and that he would soon grow impatient with it, Correspondence, i, 215.

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