Radical Ideas and the Crisis of Christianity in England, 1640-1740
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306 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 b/w illus.

Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History

Series Vol. Number: 51

Imprint: Boydell Press

Radical Ideas and the Crisis of Christianity in England, 1640-1740

The Politics of Religion

Edited by Alex W. Barber and Katherine A. East

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Examines the evolving relationship between Church and State, the character of radical thought in Enlightenment England, and the nature of that Enlightenment itself.


A tribute to the work of the late Justin Champion, this volume explores the radical religious and political ideas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England which were at the heart of Champion's intellectual contributions. Drawing on the debates and upheavals that dominated the period from the British Civil Wars to the mid-eighteenth century, the essays in this collection interrogate the challenging relationship between politics and religion which prompted what Champion called a 'Crisis of Christianity'.


Diverse perspectives on that crisis are reconstructed, encompassing the experiences of republicans and radicals, philosophers and historians, atheists and clergymen. Through these individuals, a complex discourse which defies easy categorisation is recovered, but which speaks to central discussions concerning the evolving relationship between Church and State, the character of radical thought in Enlightenment England, and indeed the nature of that Enlightenment itself.

ALEX W. BARBER is Associate Professor in Early Modern British History at Durham University.

KATHERINE A. EAST is Senior Lecturer in the History of Radical Ideas at Newcastle University.

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Title Details

306 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 b/w illus.

Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History

Series Vol. Number: 51

Imprint: Boydell Press