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From Persecution to TolerationThe Glorious Revolution and Religion in England$
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Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel, and Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.001.0001

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The Theory of Religious Intolerance in Restoration England

The Theory of Religious Intolerance in Restoration England

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(p.331) 13. The Theory of Religious Intolerance in Restoration England
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From Persecution to Toleration
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Mark Goldie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.003.0013

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.

Keywords:   intoleration, Restoration, England, St. Augustine, John Locke, toleration

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