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How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West


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PREFACE xi CHAPTER 1: Religious Toleration:The Historical Problem 1 CHAPTER 2: The Christian Theory of Religious Persecution 14 CHAPTER 3: The Advent of Protestantism and the Toleration Problem 46 CHAPTER 4: The First Champion of Religious Toleration: Sebastian Castellio 93 CHAPTER 5: The Toleration Controversy in the Netherlands 145 CHAPTER 6: The Great English Toleration Controversy, 1640-1660 188 CHAPTER 7: John Locke and Pierre Bayle 240 CHAPTER 8: Conclusion:The Idea of Religious Toleration in the Enlightenment and After 289 NOTES 313 INDEX 367

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Perez Zagorin is Joseph C. Wilson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Rochester and a Fellow of the Shannon Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of "Francis Bacon" (Princeton) and "Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader".


The best introduction to the ideas of religious freedom can be found in Zagorin's volume... [It] is never dull and often exciting. -- James Q. Wilson Los Angeles Times Book Review Ever since the Enlightenment, most Western governments have accepted religious toleration. In this superb intellectual history, noted early modern historian Zagorin traces the evolution of this concept from the first through the18th centuries; a brief conclusion carries the story to the present... A well-written tract for our times. Choice Americans who regard Islamic fundamentalists as peculiarly intolerant have much to learn from distinguished historian Zagorin... A book to dispel complacency about a priceless liberty. Booklist A deeply scholarly but ultimately engaging argument for the origins of religious toleration in Western culture since the Enlightenment. Combining elements of theology, philosophy, history, and politics, this intellectual history is less focused on thinkers than on a singular ideal: how the concept of religious toleration and freedom was born. Library Journal Zagorin's exposition of the ideas on toleration emerging in the west in the early modern period is richly illuminating. -- Kimberly A. Bresler Theology Today This is an altogether excellent, readable, and comprehensive survey of the development of "Christian" intolerance in the post-Constantinian world and the gradual emancipation from the evil in the modern period. -- Robert L. Perkins Journal of Church and State Perez Zagorin, a scholar who specializes in the history of ideas, traces the checkered progress of permitting diversity of belief in his book... At the end of the book, Dr. Zagorin expresses the hope that religious freedom may extend to the parts of the Islamic world and the remaining communist countries where it doesn't exist today. -- Darrell Turner National Catholic Reporter

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