Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
John L. Eiklor
Evangelicalism--Great Britain--History--18th century; Deism--Great Britain--History--18th century; Evangelical Revival--History; Great Britain--Church history--18th century;
The philosophy of deism cannot be ignored for taking a considerable toll on preaching. Great efforts had been made to make Christianity "reasonable," and in the process, revelation was rejected as a possibility for the origin of the Christian faith. Deists discounted beliefs such as Christ's being God incarnate, claiming that such beliefs were added over the years by superstitious clergy. As John Harrison remarks, the Church of England did "virtually nothing" to stem the spread of the deistic philosophy. Rather, many churchmen became deeply influenced by it.
Date of Award
Department of History
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar.
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©1990 Aaron T. Bicknese
Bicknese, Aaron T., "The English Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century" (1990). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 3.