Christian Humanism and Religious Liberty

Today TGC runs my review of Joe Loconte’s God, Locke and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West. In that review I focused on what the popular reader will get out of the book, and that is a lot. But I want to stress that scholars of Locke, historians of early modernity and specialists in religious liberty will all find much new and interesting material in the book for them as well. Loconte has studied both the primary texts and scholarly literature on the emergence of religious freedom carefully. From the primary sources, he brings forth a good deal of material that has been mostly (but, I admit, not entirely) neglected; in reviewing the scholarly literature he uncovers patterns and makes important connections that specialists will want to think about. Check it out.

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