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Enlightening Enthusiasm: Prophecy and religious experience in early eighteenth-century England

Lionel Laborie


This book examines the nature and significance of religious enthusiasm in early Enlightenment England. In the early modern period, the term ‘enthusiasm’ was a smear word used to discredit the dissenters of the radical Reformation as dangerous religious fanatics. In England, the term gained prominence from the Civil War period and throughout the eighteenth century. Anglican ministers and the proponents of the Enlightenment used it more widely against Paracelsian chemists, experimental philosophers, religious dissenters and divines, astrologers or anyone claiming superior knowledge. As a result, ... More

Keywords: Enthusiasm, Prophecy, Millenarianism, Enlightenment, Toleration, Dissent, Huguenots, Camisards, Madness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089886
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lionel Laborie, author
University of London