The Theory of Religious Intolerance in Restoration England
This chapter discusses the history of the theory of intolerance in Restoration England. There may be three strands in the Restoration case for intolerance: the political, the ecclesiological, and the theological arguments. This chapter focuses on the third argument, which claims that coercion is a justifiable and effective instrument of education and persuasion. It emphasizes the importance of St. Augustine in lending authority to this argument and inspects some of the philosophical issues implicated in it. It also examines how John Locke confronted it when writing in defence of toleration in the 1690s.
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