Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World

Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment

Radical Gospels from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson

Authors: Birch, Jonathan

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  • Examines the interpretations of Jesus from c.1750 to c.1826 to illuminate the intellectual history of the Enlightenment
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  • Demonstrates the persistence of theology in modern philosophy and projects of social reform
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  • Explores the religious concerns of Enlightenment thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson
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This book explores the religious concerns of Enlightenment thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson. Using an innovative method, the study illuminates the intellectual history of the age through interpretations of Jesus between c.1750 and c.1826. The book demonstrates the persistence of theology in modern philosophy and the projects of social reform and amelioration associated with the Enlightenment. At the core of many of these projects was a robust moral-theological realism, sometimes manifest in a natural law ethic, but always associated with Jesus and a commitment to the sovereign goodness of God. This ethical orientation in Enlightenment discourse is found in a range of different metaphysical and political identities (dualist and monist; progressive and radical) which intersect with earlier ‘heretical’ tendencies in Christian thought (Arianism, Pelagianism, and Marcionism). This intellectual matrix helped to produce the discourses of irenic toleration which are a legacy of the Enlightenment at its best.  

About the authors

Jonathan C P Birch teaches in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is an intellectual historian who specialises in biblical interpretation and Western philosophy.

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“With this important contribution, Jonathan Birch takes his place in the growing field of Enlightenment studies. By shedding new light on the significance of Jesus for seminal figures in the period, Birch pluralizes and unsettles our notions of what the Enlightenment was and, indeed, what it means today.” (Michael C. Legaspi, Pennsylvania State University, USA)

“This book is complex, timely, and its ambitions bold. A well written and deeply researched work, Birch masters a number of historiographies and scholarly discourses to provide an account of how developments in critical method combined to deliver an enlightened Jesus. This will be necessary reading for historians of Enlightenment ideas, and the history of theology and biblical criticism.” (Justin Champion, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
Radical Gospels from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson
Authors
Series Title
Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51276-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51276-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51275-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 493
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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