New PDF release: Melancholy Duty: The Hume-Gibbon Attack on Christianity

By S.P. Foster

ISBN-10: 0792347854

ISBN-13: 9780792347859

ISBN-10: 9048149339

ISBN-13: 9789048149339

This publication stories the complementary gains of the concept of David Hume and Edward Gibbon within the whole variety of its war of words with eighteenth-century Christianity. the 10 chapters discover the iconoclasm of those philosophical historians - Hume because the top-rated thinker, Gibbon because the consummate historian - as they worked to `naturalize' the examine of Christianity, relatively with recognition to its social and political dimensions. No different paintings offers as comprehensively or completely with the test of philosophical history's problem to Christianity. trust in miracles and the afterlife, the scale of fanaticism and superstition, and the character of spiritual persecution have been the subjects that occupied Hume and Gibbon within the making in their critique of Christianity. This ebook makes a necessary contribution to scholarship in a few fields together with the heritage of rules, spiritual experiences, and philosophy. It may be of curiosity to philosophers of faith, historians of principles, eighteenth-century highbrow historians, students of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon scholars.

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