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Permanent revolution : the Reformation and the illiberal roots of Liberalism

Author: James Simpson
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The proto-Liberalism of the late seventeenth century in England reverses all the central persuasions of illiberal evangelical religion of the early sixteenth century. Free-will, division of powers, non-literalist Biblical reading, aesthetics, theatricality: each reverses cardinal positions of Lutheran and Calvinist religion. How? Permanent Revolution argues that all revolutions take about 150 years to settle down.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Simpson
ISBN: 9780674240537 0674240537
OCLC Number: 1081173541
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Contents: Part I. Religion as revolution: Revolutionary religion --
Permanently revolutionary religion --
Part II. Working modernity's despair: Modernizing despair --
Modernizing despair: lyric and narrative entrapment --
Modernizing despair's epic non-escape --
Part III. Sincerity and hypocrisy: Pre-modern and Henrician hypocrisy --
The revolutionary hypocrite: Elizabethan hypocrisy --
Managing hypocrisy?: Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan, 1689 --
Part IV. Breaking idols: Liberating iconoclasm --
Saving images and the Calvinist hammer --
One last iconoclastic push? --
Part V. Theater, magic, sacrament: Religion, dramicide, and the rise of magic --
Enemies of the revolution: magic and theater --
Last judgements: stage managing the magic --
Part VI. Managing scripture: Scripture: institutions, interpretation, and violence --
Private scriptural anguish --
Escaping literalism's trap --
Part VII. Liberty and liberties: Liberty taking liberties.
Responsibility: James Simpson.
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How did the English Reformation, with its illiberal, intolerant beginnings, lay the groundwork for the Enlightenment-free will, liberty of conscience, religious toleration, constitutionalism, and all  Read more...

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A subtle and helpful corrective to ahistorical Whiggish accounts of how we got here, and one that has significant, if largely unexplored, implications for the present.--Nick Spencer"The Spectator" Read more...

 
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