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William Warburton, A Polemic Divine

CATHERINE OSBORNE

in Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269427
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269427.003.0006
William Warburton, A Polemic Divine

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This chapter examines the role of William Warburton in the religious history of England during the 18th century. Warburton has been largely neglected by modern scholarship, appearing only as a secondary figure in studies by literary historians or as the proponent of an Erastian ecclesiology in studies by Church historians. This chapter explains that Warburton epitomized the figure of the polemic divine and he was necessarily more guarded about his comments on polemic divinity. He considered polemical divinity as the fancy of a Libertine and a squabble for preference between two falsehoods.

Keywords: William Warburton; polemic divine; religious history; England; religion

Chapter.  17778 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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