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Justin Champion

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719057144

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719057144.001.0001

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Reading Scripture: the reception of Christianity not mysterious, 1696–1702

Reading Scripture: the reception of Christianity not mysterious, 1696–1702

(p.69) 3 Reading Scripture: the reception of Christianity not mysterious, 1696–1702
Republican Learning

Justin Champion

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines how John Toland's books, particularly his Christianity not mysterious, worked in the public sphere, explaining that this book was criticised as the most arrogant and impudent treatment of God and the Holy Scriptures. It suggests that Christianity not mysterious was published in a context riven by orthodox disquiet about the connection between private immorality and public depravity, and that its presentation as a common nuisance was intended to act as a precedent for others to do the like.

Keywords:   John Toland, Christianity not mysterious, God, Holy Scriptures, orthodox disquiet, private immorality, public depravity

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