The increasing secularization of political thought between the mid-seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries has often been noted, but rarely described in detail. The contributors to this volume consider the significance of the relationship between religious beliefs, dogma and secular ideas in British political philosophy from Thomas Hobbes to J.S. Mill.
During this period, Britain experienced the advance of natural science, the spread of education and other social improvements, and reforms in the political realm. These changes forced religion to account for itself and to justify its existence, both as a social institution and as a collection of fundamental articles of belief about the world and its operations. This book, originally published in 1990, conveys the crucial importance of the association between religion, secularization and political thought.
Introduction James E. Crimmins 1. The Religious and the Secular in the Work of Thomas Hobbes S.A. State 2. John Locke: Socinian or Natural Law Theorist? David Wootton 3. The Religious, the Secular and the Worldly: Scotland 1680-1800 Roger L. Emerson 4. Science and Secularization in Hume, Smith and Bentham Douglas G. Long 5. Edmund Burke and John Wesley: The Legacy of Locke Frederick Dreyer 6. Religion, Utlity and Politics: Bentham Versus Paley James E. Crimmins 7. From God to Man? F.D. Maurice and Changing Ideas of God and Man T.R. Sansom 8. J.S. Mill and the Religion of Humanity Richard Vernon
Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.