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Mcbride I. R.

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206422.001.0001

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Religion and Radical Ideology

Religion and Radical Ideology

(p.84) 4 Religion and Radical Ideology
Scripture Politics

I. R. Mcbride

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contribution of Ulster Presbyterianism to United Irish political thought during the 18th century. It outlines various modes of argument that characterized radical writing during this period and explores how the politics of the Presbyterian pulpit were influenced by the rational religion of the non-subscribers. This chapter also discusses the theological and ecclesiastical identities of the New and Old Light and shows that the influence of theology, ecclesiology, and eschatology on the intellectual climate within which Irish republicanism was able to flourish.

Keywords:   Ulster Presbyterianism, United Irish, political thought, religion and politics, New Light, Old Light, theology, ecclesiology, eschatology, Irish republicanism

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