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John Toland's "Christianity Not Mysterious" By John Toland

John Toland's "Christianity Not Mysterious"

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On 18 September 1697, "Christainity not Mysterious" was burned in Dublin by order of Parliament. This edition of the text is now available 300 years later and also includes John Toland's defences of the work and eight critical essays.

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John Toland's "Christianity Not Mysterious": Text, Associated Works and Critical Essays by John Toland

On 18 September 1697, "Christainity not Mysterious" was burned in Dublin by order of Parliament. This edition of the text is now available 300 years later and also includes John Toland's defences of the work and eight critical essays. Toland's work argues that "there is nothing in the Gospels contrary to reason" and that the so-called Christian mysteries are merely the inventions of competing sects. This view threatened the very basis of the supremacy of the Established Church over the other churches in Ireland. Toland was forced to leave Ireland and spent the remainder of his life on the European continent, "Christianity not Mysterious" was rather more successful as well as influential. Toland's defence of reason over revelation in Christian belief went farther than Locke and other previous rationalists had dared, and so provoked a distinguished Irish counter-tradition that included Swift, Berkeley, King, Burke and many others.

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Table of Contents


"Christainity not Mysterious" (1696); "An Apology for Mr Toland" (1697); "A Defence of Mr Toland" (1697); "Vindicius Liberius" (1702); John Toland - an Irish philosopher?, Richard Kearney; John Toland and the Enlightenment, Philip McGuinness; the Irish free-thinker, David Berman; John Toland's Celtic background, Alan Harrison; Toland on faith and reason, Desmond Clarke; Perpetual flux - Newton, Toland, science and the status quo, Philip McGuinness; Toland's semantic pantheism, Stephen Daniel, Philip McGuinness; looking for a mainland - John Toland and Irish politics, Philip McGuinness.

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GOR002652990
John Toland's "Christianity Not Mysterious": Text, Associated Works and Critical Essays by John Toland
John Toland
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The Lilliput Press Ltd
1998-10-23
240
1874675953
9781874675952
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