Latitudinarianism in the Seventeenth-Century Church of England

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The Latitudinarians, a group of prominent clergymen in the late seventeenth-century Church of England, were articulate opponents of Anglicanism's intellectual foes. Against the challenges of Hobbism, Spinozism, Deism, scepticism, and Roman Catholicism, they presented a body of thought emphasizing reason in religion and practical morality over credal speculation. Their theology was designed to combat "practical atheism" and their sermons stressed that the chief design of Christianity was "to make men good." They advocated an alliance of religion and science, and were early participants in the Royal Society. In preaching, they developed a simpler sermon style influential for English prose. As an important part of the Anglican Church at the time of the Glorious Revolution, they helped in drafting the Revolution Settlement, the seedbed, in Macaulay's words, of subsequent personal liberties.
This definition and analysis of Latitudinarianism was completed by the late Martin Griffin in 1962. A teacher and dean at Yale College, he was unable to complete its updating before his untimely death in 1988. That task has been undertaken by Richard H. Popkin.
 

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THE WORD
3
A SYSTEM FOR THE TIMES
49
THE REASONABLENESS OF CHRISTIANITY
71
THE BACKGROUND OF THE LATITUDINARIAN SYSTEM
89
THE BEGINNINGS OF EIGHTEENTHCENTURY
105
PART THREE THE DESIGN OF CHRISTIANITY
115
NOTES
163
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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