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Reading Scripture: the reception of <i>Christianity not mysterious</i>, 1696–1702

Justin Champion

in Republican Learning

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780719057144
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719057144.003.0004
Reading Scripture: the reception of Christianity not mysterious, 1696–1702

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This chapter examines how John Toland's books, particularly his Christianity not mysterious, worked in the public sphere, explaining that this book was criticised as the most arrogant and impudent treatment of God and the Holy Scriptures. It suggests that Christianity not mysterious was published in a context riven by orthodox disquiet about the connection between private immorality and public depravity, and that its presentation as a common nuisance was intended to act as a precedent for others to do the like.

Keywords: John Toland; Christianity not mysterious; God; Holy Scriptures; orthodox disquiet; private immorality; public depravity

Chapter.  10063 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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