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John Locke and the Problem of Depravity - W. M. Spellman

John Locke and the Problem of Depravity

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1988
ISBN: 9780198249870
Number Of Pages: 256

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The religious thought of the philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) is examined in this book, which focuses in particular on his view of original sin and its consequences for education in the early Enlightenment. The author argues that Locke has been wrongly accused of denying original sin, ignoring the atonement, and preaching moralism, and that in fact he was much closer to traditional Protestant teaching on human sinfulness than is generally recognized. While education might serve as an effective counterweight to man's innate propensity to overturn God's laws, he recognised that it could never reduce the importance of the central drama: Christ's work of salvation.

`The book is rigorous and well-textured'. Mark Goldie, English Historical Review, Oct 1991 'The book is rigorous and well-textured.' Mark Goldie, Churchill College, Cambridge, EHR Oct. 91

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Original Sin Before Lockep. 8
From Pensford to Oxfordp. 39
The Broad-Church Perspectivep. 63
Creating the Moral Agentp. 104
The Covenant of Faithp. 127
Finding Common Groundp. 154
Shaftesbury, Locke, and the Problem of the Moral Sensep. 184
Conclusion: School-time for Lockep. 203
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780198249870
ISBN-10: 019824987X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th April 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.47