By S.P. Foster

This publication reviews the complementary positive aspects of the concept of David Hume and Edward Gibbon within the entire diversity of its disagreement with eighteenth-century Christianity. the 10 chapters discover the iconoclasm of those philosophical historians - Hume because the most popular thinker, Gibbon because the consummate historian - as they worked to `naturalize' the research of Christianity, fairly with awareness to its social and political dimensions. No different paintings offers as comprehensively or completely with the try of philosophical history's problem to Christianity. trust in miracles and the afterlife, the size of fanaticism and superstition, and the character of spiritual persecution have been the subjects that occupied Hume and Gibbon within the making in their critique of Christianity. This ebook makes a invaluable contribution to scholarship in a couple of fields together with the heritage of rules, spiritual experiences, and philosophy. It could be of curiosity to philosophers of faith, historians of principles, eighteenth-century highbrow historians, students of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon students.

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