The Case Against Religious Liberty

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

The Case Against Religious Liberty

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This chapter discusses the question of religious liberty for nonconformists. Based on a detailed contextual study of this question, it is suggested that individuals must agree with both Chester F. Chaplin and Donald J. Greene that Samuel Johnson's opposition to increased toleration did not result from mere ‘prejudice’. One of the conclusions made in this chapter is that Johnson had an extraordinary willingness to promote humanitarian reform in the laws governing provision for the poor, the debtors, and capital punishment.

Keywords: religious liberty; noncomformists; Chester F. Chaplin; Donald J. Greene; Samuel Johnson; prejudice; humanitarian reform; capital punishment

Chapter.  11082 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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