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Sincerity and TruthEssays on Arnauld, Bayle, and Toleration$
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John Kilcullen

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266914.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Sincerity and Truth

John Kilcullen

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the four chapters featured in this volume. The chapters all arose in one way or another from reflection on Pierre Bayle's Philosophical Commentary on the Words of the Gospel, ‘Compel them to come in’, one of the classics of the 17th-century debate about religious toleration. Bayle wrote the Philosophical Commentary to advocate religious toleration at a time when it seemed almost a lost cause. Deeply committed to that cause, he was also an enemy to faulty reasoning even from himself. A man of sharp intelligence, in philosophy and theology he was very well informed.

Keywords:   Pierre Bayle, Philosophical Commentary, faulty reasoning, religious toleration, Christians

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