Europe is increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-faith, as well as multi-cultural. Western democracies now comprise a plurality of fundamental opinions and inherited cultures; it is not clear how (or if!) they can be related to each other without involving either oppression or anarchy. This debate requires historical understanding and a contemporary grasp of the points at issue amongst different cultures.
By virtue of their proximity and frequent historical interaction, Britain and France lend themselves to comparative study. The studies in this volume collectively demonstrate that the affairs of religious minorities in these two countries were not only of concern to themselves and their national established churches. Rather, over a long-term period, they had a sustained impact on many other issues.
All chapters illustrate the problematic shift from a persecutory to a pluralistic mentality.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 368 pp.
Contents: Richard Bonney/D.J.B. Trim: Introduction – Gwynne Lewis: The State, Calvinism, and the Evolution of Political and
Religious Pluralism in France, c.1550s-1848 – William Lamont: False Witnesses? The English Civil War and English Ecumenism
– Bryan W. Ball: ‘Through Darkness to Light.’ Post-Restoration Sabbatarianism: Survival and Continuity – Robin Briggs: A Moving
Target: Jansenists and their Enemies in France – Randolph Vigne: Richard Hill and the Saving of Liberty of Conscience for
the Vaudois – Terrie Dopp Aamodt: ‘Out of thee, O England, shall a bright star arise’: Mother Ann Lee and the English Origins
of the Shakers – Penny Mahon: Domesticating Discourses: Woman as Writer in the Early Nineteenth-century Peace Society – John
Wolffe: British Protestants and Europe, 1820-60: Some Perceptions and Influences – James C. Deming: Martyrs for Modernity:
The Three Hundredth Jubilee of the French Reformation and the Catholic-Protestant Debate on the Huguenot Martyrs – Aubrey
Newman: The Jewish Presence in Britain and France, 1650-1914 – Rik Torfs: The Present State of Religious Minorities in Europe
– Richard Bonney: British and French Muslims: Between Assimilation and Segregation?