Deism in Enlightenment England
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With the growth of scientific understanding in the 17th and 18th centuries, Deism - the belief that God created the universe but keeps apart from it - gained currency among educated people. This absorbing study examines the theology of leading English Deists such as John Toland and Anthony Collins as they struggled to reconcile the discoveries of Newton and others with belief in a Creator. It also relates their ideas to the politics of the period after the revolution of 1688.