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Impartiality and Disingenuousness in English Rational Religion

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The Principles and Duties takes some pains to stress that religion comprises the three parts of revealed religion, natural religion, and ethics; nonetheless, Wilkins's attention, and emphasis, was squarely on the natural and ethical dimensions of belief. This chapter focuses closely at the discourse of impartiality and ingenuousness within the Principles and Duties, and through it to say something fresh about relationship between the rhetorical and doctrinal positions advanced in Wilkins's writing. It tries to shed new light both on some of the tensions underlying certain aspects of English intellectual life until at least the mid-eighteenth century, and on the use of 'impartiality' as an extremely effective, but often disingenuous, framing device with which to neuter those who may not agree with the arguments one is advancing. A good starting point is provided by Wilkins's Ecclesiastes (1646), a hugely popular preaching manual that would go through eight editions by 1704.

Keywords: disingenuous; Ecclesiastes; impartiality; natural religion; Principles and Duties; Wilkins



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