The Reasonableness of Christianity: As Delivered in the Scriptures (Key Texts)

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This is an indispensable document for anyone interested in the progress of Locke's thinking about the laws of nature, morality, religion, and the limits of reason, and it is a landmark text in the history of biblical and historical theology. As fashions in philosophy turn from logical analysis to the interpretation of texts, the method that Locke employs in this work is both instructive and prescient. It was and remains a controversial text. This edition contains the two Vindications Locke wrote in response to the attacks of his critics.

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John Locke (1632-1704) was a British political philosopher who is often cited as the father of political liberalism.

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`This is a text that every Locke scholar will want to possess and to ponder.'
International Philosophical Quarterly, vol.XLI, no.4

`The value of critical editions of philosophical texts is now realized as never before. As a hermeneutical tool, a critical edition can establish many of the parameters of interpretation. It inevitably makes a judgment on the competing legitimacy of variant readings and, at its best, relates
writers' thought to their other works, to other relevant texts, and to the broader context in which they arose. All of these results have been admirably achieved in this first critical edition of John Locke's Reasonableness.'
International Philosophical Quarterly, vol.XLI, no.4

`In the case of Locke more than most, it would be foolhardy to say that the last word has been spoken, but it is hard to imagine that this work as a whole will be surpassed in value for many years to come.'
Ecclesiastical History, vol. 52/4

`the editor's manner is refreshingly down-to-earth.'
Ecclesiastical History, vol. 52/4

`excellent ... Throughout, Higgins-Biddle skilfully picks his way through a number of intellectual thickets.'
Ecclesiastical History, vol. 52/4

`Higins-Biddle has in all probability produced the definitive edition of the Reasonableness in a fine piece of scholarship that meets the high standards established in the other volumes of the Clarendon Locke Edition'
Paul Schuurman, British Journal for the History of Philosophy

`this volume is much to be welcomed since it gives a critical edition of Locke's text, based on a copy of the first edition that Locke annotated and is now kept at Harvard, as well as comprehensively noting the variant readings in the first and second editions and in the Collected Works of
1714 ... With the publication of this fine edition, readers today can judge for themselves the satisfactoriness of Locke's view of Christianity while students of Locke can enjoy the benefits of a critical text.'
David A.Pailin, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol.52, No.1, April 2001

`This volume is the first modern critical edition of Locke's Reasonableness of Christianity published anonymously in 1695 ... The edition seems exemplary and is clearly the product of a great many years of study.'
David L. Wykes, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society, Vol.XXII, No.3, April 2001

`of his works, The Reasonableness of Christianity ... is the first critical and annoted edition of the full text ... The introduction is readable, scholarly and instructive.'
John A. Harrow, Hartley, The Expository Times, Sept.00.

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