Theistic Common Sense

Mark A. Noll

in America's God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151114
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834532 | DOI:
 Theistic Common Sense

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By 1790, American Christians also embraced the “new moral philosophy,” a way of understanding their faith through “commonsense moral reasoning.” Because they came to believe that God had created humans with a capacity for moral reasoning, American Christians largely gave up the traditional, hierarchical arbiters of truth found in the established churches of Europe and took into their own hands the determination of religious truth and control of the churches.

Keywords: commonsense moral reasoning; Jonathan Edwards; Francis Hutcheson; Samuel Johnson; Puritans; Thomas Reid; Samuel Stanhope Smith

Chapter.  10662 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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