Preserving the Faith

Nicholas Hudson

in Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Published in print June 1990 | ISBN: 9780198112143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670671 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Preserving the Faith

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This chapter discusses a re-examination of the question of Samuel Johnson's religious ‘prejudice’. It is believed that this prejudice reflects a profoundly conservative habit of mind typical of the orthodoxy that Hume and other sceptics had assailed. One of the questions posed in this chapter is how Christians of Johnson's generation probably viewed Hume's attack at mid-century.

Keywords: Samuel Johnson; religious prejudice; Hume; orthodoxy; Christians

Chapter.  11840 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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