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The Reasonableness of Christianity with a Discourse of Miracles & Part of a Third Letter Concerning Toleration (Library of Modern Religious Thought)

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A new and manageable edition of Locke has been badly needed. Professor Ramsey's judicious editing of these important texts fills the need and greatly enhances the value of the texts for the modern reader. Included are The Reasonablesness of Christianity, A Discourse on Miracles, A Further Note on Miracles, and some passages from A Third letter concerning Toleration. Each w ...more
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Published June 1st 1958 by Stanford University Press
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Ryan Linkous
Sep 19, 2015 Ryan Linkous rated it liked it
Unlike many modern philosophers, Locke writes clearly and has some interesting ideas. However, his ideas are very dangerous and counter-intuitive to the Christian faith (and I recognize that I have been shaped by some of these throughout the years). Why so dangerous? Mainly because he uses Christian language to undermine the faith. He doesn't light the fuse, but he lays the TNT for others to.

What's the big deal?
1. Locke makes Scripture and the Christian theological tradition subservient to reaso
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ZaRi
"...when I had gone through the whole, and saw what a plain, simple, reason able thing Christianity was, suited to all conditions and capacities ; and in the morality of it now, with divine authority, established into a legible law, so far surpassing all that philosophy and human reason had attained to, or could possibly make effectual to all degrees of man kind ; I was flattered to think it might be of some use in the world ; especially to those, who thought either that there was no need of rev ...more
Jeremy
Aug 15, 2013 Jeremy rated it liked it
I am not convinced that Locke really proves the reasonableness of Christianity. He assumes many things that philosophers who followed him (e.g., David Hume) did not assume (e.g., the reality of miracles). Locke is an important figure in the genealogy of philosophy, but I wouldn't go to him first to see the reasonableness of Christianity.

Furthermore, Locke seems to enjoy taking shots at systematic theology. But, really, all he is doing in this book is his own systematic theology.

62: authority
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Jonathan Green
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An empiricist tries to explain faith and it ain't pretty, but still worth the intellectual excercise.
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John Locke was an English philosopher. Locke is considered the first of the British Empiricists, but is equally important to social contract theory. His ideas had enormous influence on the development of epistemology and political philosophy, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential Enlightenmen
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