The English Church in the Eighteenth Century eBook

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CHAPTER III.

The deists.

(J.H.  Overton.)

Points at issue in the Deistical controversy, 75-6
Deists not properly a sect, 76
Some negative tenets of the Deists, 77
Excitement caused by the subject of Deism, 78
Toland’s ‘Christianity not mysterious’, 79
Shaftesbury’s ‘Characteristics’, 80-2
His protest against the Utilitarian view of Christianity, 81
Collins’s ‘Discourse of Freethinking’, 82-3
Bentley’s ‘Remarks’ on Collins’, 83-4
Collins’s ’Discourse on the Grounds and Reasons of the Christian
  Religion’, 84-5
Woolston’s ‘Six Discourses on the Miracles’, 85
Sherlock’s ‘Tryal of the Witnesses’, 86
Annet’s ‘Resurrection of Jesus Considered’, 86
Tindal’s ‘Christianity as old as the Creation’, 86-7
Conybeare’s ‘Defence of Revealed Religion’, 87
Tindal the chief exponent of Deism, 88
Morgan’s ‘Moral Philosopher’, 89
Chubbs’s works, 90-1
‘Christianity not founded on argument’, 92-3
Bolingbroke’s ‘Philosophical Works’, 93-6
Butler’s ‘Analogy’, 96-7
Warburton’s ‘Divine Legation of Moses’, 97-8
Berkeley’s ‘Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher’, 98-9
Leland’s ‘View of the Deistical Writers’, 100-1
Pope’s ‘Essay on Man’, 101-2
John Locke’s relation to Deism, 102-5
Effects of the Deistical controversy, 106-8
Collapse of Deism, 108
Want of sympathy with the Deists, 110
Their unpopularity, 111

CHAPTER IV.

Latitudinarian churchmanship.

(1.) Character and influence of archbishop Tillotson’s theology.

(C.J.  Abbey.)

Use of the term ‘Latitudinarian’, 112
In the eighteenth century, 113
Archbishop Tillotson:—­
  His close relationship with the eighteenth century, 115
  His immense repute as a writer and divine, 115
  Vehemence of the attack upon his opinions, 117
  His representative character, 118
  His appeal to reason in all religious questions, 119
  On spiritual influence, 119
  On Christian evidences, 119
  On involuntary error, 120
  On private judgment, its rights and limitations, 121
  Liberty of thought and ‘Freethinking’ in Tillotson’s and the
    succeeding age, 125
  Tillotson on ‘mysteries’, 127
  On the doctrine of the Trinity, 129
  On Christ’s redemption, 130
  Theory of accommodation, 131
  The future state, 133
  Inadequate insistance on distinctive Christian doctrine, 140
  Religion and ethics, 141
  Goodness and happiness, 142
  Prudential religion, 143
  General type of Tillotson’s latitudinarianism, 145

CHAPTER V.

Latitudinarian churchmanship.

(2.) Church comprehension and church reformers.

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