The Moral Culture of The Scottish Enlightenment

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In this study of the connection between the religious beliefs and moral thought of the Enlightenment, Ahnert challenges the common assumption that Scotland’s ‘Moderate’ theologians relied heavily on arguments from reason. Showing that they were in fact sceptical of the power of unassisted reason, he examines how these thinkers developed a practical programme of ‘moral culture’ and promoted selfless love of God and neighbour, rather than exact knowledge of religious truths, as the means of achieving salvation.

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The Moral Culture of The Scottish Enlightenment

The Moral Culture of The Scottish Enlightenment

1690-1805

Hardback224pp244x162mm

9780300153804     Product Code: 503258

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In this study of the connection between the religious beliefs and moral thought of the Enlightenment, Ahnert challenges the common assumption that Scotland’s ‘Moderate’ theologians relied heavily on arguments from reason. Showing that they were in fact sceptical of the power of unassisted reason, he examines how these thinkers developed a practical programme of ‘moral culture’ and promoted selfless love of God and neighbour, rather than exact knowledge of religious truths, as the means of achieving salvation.

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