Scripture and Deism

The Biblical Criticism of the Eighteenth-Century British Deists

by Diego Lucci (Author)
©2008 Monographs 260 Pages


This book deals with the British deists’ biblical hermeneutics, its roots, and its effects on European culture and society.
Deist thinkers such as John Toland, Anthony Collins and Matthew Tindal pointed out the historical and anthropological origins of positive religions. Focusing on the human roots of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Ancient Paganism, they advocated tolerance and freedom of thought.
In the context of the deists’ research on the history of positive religions, the study of the Scriptures played a key role. Deists and freethinkers fought against the influence of Christian doctrine on political and social life. They denied the supernatural foundations of Christianity and of Christian institutions, and analyzed the Bible with the aim to promote the free search for truth. This book thus stresses the significance of the deists’ biblical criticism for the development of Enlightenment views of religion and for the secularization of Europe.


ISBN (Softcover)
Großbritannien Deismus Bibelkritik Geschichte 1700-1800 Medieval Philosophy United Kingdom Ireland Culture Theology Modern Philosophy General Exegesis
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien. 2008. 260 pp.

Biographical notes

Diego Lucci (Author)

The Author: Diego Lucci (1977) is Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy at the American University in Bulgaria. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Naples Federico II in 2004. He has taught at Boston University and the University of Missouri. He is the author of a number of writings on early modern philosophy and European intellectual history.


Title: Scripture and Deism