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How the idea of religious toleration came to the West

Author: Perez Zagorin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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Religious intolerance ... is nothing new. In fact, until after the eighteenth century, Christianity was perhaps the most intolerant of all the great world religions. How Christian Europe and the West went from this extreme to their present universal belief in religious toleration is the momentous story fully told ... in this ... book ... [The author] takes readers to a time when both the Catholic Church and the main  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Perez Zagorin
OCLC Number: 56610983
Notes: Originally published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Religious toleration, the historical problem --
The Christian theory of religious persecution --
The advent of Protestantism and the toleration problem --
The first champion of religious toleration, Sebastian Castellio --
The toleration controversy in the Netherlands --
The great English toleration controversy, 1640-1660 --
John Locke and Pierre Bayle --
Conclusion: The idea of religious toleration in the Enlightenment and after.
Responsibility: Perez Zagorin.

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Religious intolerance ... is nothing new. In fact, until after the eighteenth century, Christianity was perhaps the most intolerant of all the great world religions. How Christian Europe and the West went from this extreme to their present universal belief in religious toleration is the momentous story fully told ... in this ... book ... [The author] takes readers to a time when both the Catholic Church and the main new Protestant denominations embraced a policy of endorsing religious persecution, coercing unity, and, with the state's help, mercilessly crushing dissent and heresy. This position had its roots in certain intellectual and religious traditions, which [the author] traces before showing how out of the same traditions came the beginnings of pluralism in the West ... Reading these thinkers - from Erasmus and Sir Thomas More to John Milton and John Locke, among others - [the author] brings to light a common, if unexpected, thread: concern for the spiritual welfare of religion itself weighed more in the defense of toleration than did any secular or pragmatic arguments. [This book] exposes a close connection between toleration and religious freedom.-Dust jacket.

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