Enlightened Ecclesiastics: The Shaping of an Antidogmatic Tradition


in Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269427
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683640 | DOI:
Enlightened Ecclesiastics: The Shaping of an Antidogmatic Tradition

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This chapter examines the emergence of the so-called enlightened ecclesiastics and the development of an anti-dogmatic tradition in England during the 1700s. These developments resulted in the division of the Church of England during this period. The rational theology of progress based on a sola scriptura had condemned orthodox dependence on tradition and its appeal was to a simplified faith free from metaphysical distinction. Contentious issues were left to the understanding of individual believers because the anti-dogmatists believed that to enforce adherence to articles of faith is to encourage persecution, bigotry, and unproductive bickering.

Keywords: ecclesiastics; anti-dogmatic tradition; England; Church of England; faith; religion

Chapter.  10039 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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