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Beyond the persecuting society : religious toleration before the Enlightenment

Author: John Christian Laursen; Cary J Nederman
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1998.
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"There is a Myth - easily shattered - that Western societies since the Enlightenment have been dedicated to the ideal of protecting the differences between individuals and groups, and another - too readily accepted - that before the rise of secularism in the modern period, intolerance and persecution held sway throughout Europe. In Beyond the Persecuting Society John Christian Laursen, Cary J. Nederman, and nine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beyond the persecuting society.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1998
(OCoLC)605167333
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Christian Laursen; Cary J Nederman
ISBN: 081223331X 9780812233315 0812215672 9780812215670
OCLC Number: 37211323
Description: vi, 288 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: discourses and contexts of tolerance in medieval Europe / Cary J. Nederman --
Peter Abelard and the enigma of dialogue / Constant J. Mews --
Toleration, skepticism, and the "clash of ideas": principles of liberty in the writings of John of Salisbury / Cary J. Nederman --
Ha-Me'iri's theory of religious toleration / Gary Remer --
Introduction: the transformations of the long sixteenth century / Randolph C. Head --
"Heretics be not in all things heretics": Cardinal Pole, his circle, and the potential for toleration / Thomas F. Mayer. Concept of toleration in the Colloquium Heptaplomeres of Jean Bodin / Marion Leathers Kuntz --
Religious coexistence and confessional conflict in the Vier Dorfer: practices of toleration in Eastern Switzerland, 1525-1615 / Randolph C. Head --
Introduction: contexts and paths to toleration in the seventeenth century / John Christian Laursen --
Samuel von Pufendorf and toleration / Detlef Doring --
Baylean liberalism: tolerance requires nontolerance / John Christian Laursen --
"Religion set the world at odds"; deism and the climate of religious tolerance in the works of Aphra Behn / Arlen Feldwick and Cary J. Nederman. Skepticism about religion and millenarian dogmatism: two sources of toleration in the seventeenth century / Richard H. Popkin --
Problem of toleration in the New Israel: religious communalism in seventeenth-century Massachusetts / H. Frank Way.
Responsibility: edited by John Christian Laursen and Cary J. Nederman.

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schema:reviewBody""There is a Myth - easily shattered - that Western societies since the Enlightenment have been dedicated to the ideal of protecting the differences between individuals and groups, and another - too readily accepted - that before the rise of secularism in the modern period, intolerance and persecution held sway throughout Europe. In Beyond the Persecuting Society John Christian Laursen, Cary J. Nederman, and nine other scholars dismantle this second generalization. If intolerance and religious persecution have been at the root of some of the greatest suffering in human history, it is nevertheless the case that toleration was practiced and theorized in medieval and early modern Europe on a scale few have realized."--BOOK JACKET. "Beyond the Persecuting Society constructs a mosaic of pieces of the history of toleration in the Middle Ages, the long sixteenth century, and the seventeenth century. Christians and Jews, the English, French, Germans, Dutch, Swiss, Italians, and Spanish had their proponents of and experiments with tolerance well before John Locke penned his famous Letter Concerning Toleration, the authors demonstrate. Moving from Abelard to Aphra Behn, from the apology for the gentiles of the fourteenth-century Talmudic scholar Menahem ben Solomon Ha-Me'iri to the rejection of intolerance in the "New Israel" of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Beyond the Persecuting Society offers a detailed and decisive correction to a vision of the past as any less complex in its embrace and abhorrence of diversity than the present."--BOOK JACKET."
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