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Religion in Enlightenment England

An Anthology of Primary Sources

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis (editor)

ISBN: 9781602583009

Publication Date: Jul 2017

Format: Hardback

Introduces readers to a rich array of British Christian texts published between 1660 and 1750. The anthology documents the arc of Christian writings from the reestablishment of the Church of England to the rise of the Methodist movement in the middle of the eighteenth century.
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Religion in Enlightenment England introduces its readers to a rich array of British Christian texts published between 1660 and 1750. The anthology documents the arc of Christian writings from the reestablishment of the Church of England to the rise of the Methodist movement in the middle of the eighteenth century. The Enlightenment era witnessed the explosion of mass print culture and the unprecedented expansion of literacy across society. These changes transformed many inherited Christian genres - such as the sermon and the devotional manual - while also generating new ones, from the modern church hymn to spiritual autobiography.

The authors included in this collection confronted the rise of modern science and forged new rules of modern toleration. Their writing reveals the unprecedented spiritual authority assumed by women and helps explain how emotion moved to the center of religious experience. Religion in Enlightenment England captures the literary energy and excitement unleashed by the Enlightenment itself: authors engage one another in spirited dialogue that pits reason against revelation, religious conformity against dissent, innovation against tradition, and Freethinking against natural religion.

An indispensable asset for any scholar's library, the anthology includes texts by William Law, John Bunyan, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, John and Charles Wesley, Richard Baxter, John Toland, Mary Astell, Daniel Defoe, John Norris, Margaret Fell Fox, Isaac Watts, Thomas Traherne, John Tillotson, William Penn, and Anne Conway.
Dimensions 254 x 178
Date Published 30 Jul 2017
Publisher Baylor University Press
Series Documents of Anglophone Christianity
Subject/s British & Irish history   History of religion   Christian Churches & denominations   Church history  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. Anglican Apologetics
  • John Tillotson
  • Mary Astell
  • William Law
  • II. Dissenting Voices
  • Margaret Fell
  • Richard Baxter
  • John Bunyan
  • William Penn
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Isaac Watts
  • III. The Methodist Movement
  • John Wesley
  • George Whitefield
  • IV. Freethinking
  • Anthony Collins
  • John Toland
  • V. Nature
  • John Ray
  • Richard Blackmore
  • VI. Visions
  • Thomas Traherne
  • Anne Conway
  • Jane Lead
  • VII. Miracle
  • Anonymous
  • John Toland
  • Samuel Clarke
  • David Hartley
  • VIII. Spirits
  • Joseph Glanvill
  • Francis Hutchinson
  • Daniel Defoe
  • IX. Devotion
  • John Norris
  • William Law
  • Elizabeth Singer Rowe
  • X. The Hymn
  • Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate
  • Richard Baxter
  • Thomas Ken
  • John Mason
  • Benjamin Keach
  • Isaac Watts
  • Charles Wesley
  • XI. Spiritual Autobiography
  • John Bunyan
  • Anne Dutton
Jayne Elizabeth Lewis is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

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