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dc.contributor.advisorStewart, Larryen_US
dc.creatorWigelsworth, Jeffrey Roberten_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-09-29T14:12:39Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T05:00:16Z
dc.date.available2005-09-30T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T05:00:16Z
dc.date.created2005-09en_US
dc.date.issued2005-09-26en_US
dc.date.submittedSeptember 2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-09292005-141239en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation I demonstrate that the political views and use of natural philosophy by deists—heretics who denied revelation, active providence, and the authority of priests—in early-modern England were not as subversive as past scholarship suggests. Like other erudite endeavours in the period, a deist conception of God was the foundation for their interpretation of contemporary natural philosophy and political writings. Though many scholars have noted that deists employed contemporary natural philosophy in many of their works, the way deists actually used these writings has not been explored in a comprehensive manner. Moreover, when many historians engage deism, they frequently stop at one deist in particular, John Toland. My dissertation reveals how theology informed deist natural philosophy which in turn was inseparably joined to their political works. The two goals of this study are to remove deists from the sidelines of intellectual debates in early-modern England and place them squarely in the centre alongside other political and natural philosophical authors and to demonstrate that deism cannot be reduced to or encapsulated in the person of John Toland.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectearly-modern Englanden_US
dc.subjectnatural philosophyen_US
dc.subjecttheologyen_US
dc.subjectdeismen_US
dc.subjectdeistsen_US
dc.title'Their grosser degrees of infidelity' : deists, politics, natural philosophy, and the power of God in eighteenth-century Englanden_US
thesis.degree.departmentHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChampion, Justinen_US


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