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Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities by Wayne Hudson,Diego Lucci

By Wayne Hudson,Diego Lucci

Given the important function performed by way of faith in early-modern Britain, it's possibly unbelievable that historians haven't continually paid shut recognition to the moving and nuanced subtleties of phrases utilized in non secular controversies. during this assortment specific cognizance is focussed upon of the main contentious of those phrases: ’atheism’ and ’deism’, phrases that experience formed major elements of the scholarship at the Enlightenment. This quantity argues that during the 17th and eighteenth century atheism and deism concerned fantastic differences that experience no longer consistently been preserved by way of later students. the unique deployment and utilization of those phrases have been frequently extra complex than a lot of the historic scholarship indicates. certainly, in a lot of the literature static definitions are frequently taken without any consideration, leading to depictions of the earlier built upon anachronistic assumptions. providing reassessments of the historic figures such a lot linked to ’atheism’ and ’deism’ in early smooth Britain, this assortment opens the topic up for debate and exhibits how the hot historiography of deism adjustments our knowing of heterodox non secular identities in Britain from 1650 to 1800. It problematises the older view that folks have been atheist or deists in a simple feel and in its place explores the plurality and suppleness of spiritual identities in this interval. Drawing at the most up-to-date scholarship, the amount enriches the talk approximately heterodoxy, delivering new views on a variety of widespread figures and delivering an outline of significant adjustments within the field.

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