The Fringes of Belief: English Literature, Ancient Heresy, by Sarah Ellenzweig

By Sarah Ellenzweig

The Fringes of Belief is the 1st literary examine of freethinking and non secular skepticism within the English Enlightenment. Ellenzweig goals to redress this scholarly lacuna, arguing literature of English freethinking has been neglected since it without notice supported features of institutional faith. examining works by means of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, Aphra Behn, Jonathan fast, and Alexander Pope, she foregrounds a strand of the English freethinking culture that was once suspicious of printed faith but usually strongly against the open denigration of Anglican Christianity and its legislation. through exposing the contradictory and risky prestige of different types like trust and doubt this e-book participates within the higher argument in Enlightenment studies—as good as in present scholarship at the of modernity extra generally—-that faith isn't really so easily left at the back of within the shift from the pre-modern to the trendy world.

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