The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists

Focusing on the works of lesser-known yet influential Deists, the author examines the 70-year polemic between the Church of England and the English Deists, illuminating the rhetorical war which raged between them.

The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists

Author: James A. Herrick

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570031663

Page: 245

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The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists illuminates the major battlefields of a rhetorical war waged for the religious mind of Britain and eventually of Europe and the colonies. Focusing on the works of lesser-known but highly influential Deists - Charles Blount, John Toland, Thomas Chubb, Thomas Woolston, Jacob Ilive, and Peter Annet - whose radically controversial spirit and willingness to absorb enormous personal risks made Deist controversy so intriguing and consequential, James A. Herrick examines the long polemic between the English Deists and the Church of England that marked the years between 1680 and 1750. He contends that this sweeping critique of traditional Christian thought owes its lasting impact to the rhetorical acumen, textual resources, and iconoclastic motivation of skilled controversialists who sought nothing less than the destruction of Christianity.

The English Deists

Interprets the works of an important group of writers known as 'the English deists'.

The English Deists

Author: Wayne Hudson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317316339

Page: 224

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Interprets the works of an important group of writers known as 'the English deists'. This title argues that this interpretation reads Romantic conceptions of religious identity into a period in which it was lacking. It contextualizes these writers within the early Enlightenment, which was multivocal, plural and in search of self definition.

Enlightenment and Modernity

The writers known as the English deists were not simply religious controversialists, but agents of reform who contributed to the emergence of modernity.

Enlightenment and Modernity

Author: Wayne Hudson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317316061

Page: 240

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The writers known as the English deists were not simply religious controversialists, but agents of reform who contributed to the emergence of modernity. This title claims that these writers advocated a failed ideology which itself declined after 1730. It argues for an evolution of their ideas into a more modern form.

A Short and Easy Method with the Deists

The English Deists of the early part of the eighteenth century , were mostly half -
learned men . The few who had better education , had no pretensions to oriental
learning , without which no one can be qualıfied to pass an opinion on the ...

A Short and Easy Method with the Deists

Author: Charles Leslie

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Page: 334

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A History of English Literature

His chief work , “ Letters on the Study and Use of History , ” is of great merit on
account of its critical disregard of all conventional traditions How powerfully
science was influenced by the 5 In the preface to his book , “ The English Deists
( 1853 ) ...

A History of English Literature

Author: Johannes Scherr

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Page: 312

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The Foreign Quarterly Review

Tholuck speaks of the English Deists in these terms . * By far more considerable
than has been hitherto supposed , or was on the first glance visible , has been
the influence of English Deism upon Germany . We find among the English what
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The Interpretation of the Bible

Some of the strongest arguments that have been employed by Babrdt , Teller ,
Löffler , Reimar , Paulus , Wegscheider , and Röhr , are to be found in the writings
of our English Deists . It was from our native shores that the noxious breath of ...

The Interpretation of the Bible

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

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Page: 149

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica

Yet while the seed they sowed was Christians or of Christian deists . Against
superstition , taking deep root in France and in Germany , the English fanaticism ,
and priestcraft they were incessantly lifting deists , the most notable men of thoir ...

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