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Anti-Atheism in Early Modern England 1580-1720

The Atheist Answered and His Error Confuted


Kenneth Sheppard

Atheists generated widespread anxieties between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. In response to such anxieties a distinct genre of religious apologetics emerged in England between 1580 and 1720. By examining the form and the content of the confutation of atheism, Anti-Atheism in Early Modern England demonstrates the prevalence of patterned assumptions and arguments about who an atheist was and what an atheist was supposed to believe, outlines and analyzes the major arguments against atheists, and traces the important changes and challenges to this apologetic discourse in the early Enlightenment.

Stefania Tutino

CONTRA TYRANNOS IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND 1 STEFANIA TUTINO University of California at Santa Barbara A BSTRACT The fi rst edition of the Vindiciae contra Tyrannos was published in 1579. In 1690 a pamphlet entitled Political Aphorisms was printed: this work, constructed by mixing entire passages from the


Sara Warneke

While educational travel was extremely popular among early modern Englishmen, the practice attracted extensive public criticism. Rather than examining travel itself, this book explores the vivid public images of educational travellers, their development and popularity, and the fears and prejudices in English society that engendered them.
The first part of the book examines the medieval background of English travel abroad, the enthusiasm for educational travel among early modern Englishmen, and the progress of the public debate over the practice which essentially started with the publication of Ascham's The Scholemaster in 1570.
The second part of the book examines each of the seven major images of the educational traveller: the Italianated traveller; the atheistical traveller, the Catholic traveller, the morally corrupt traveller, the culturally corrupt traveller, and the foolish and lying travellers.

Matthew Dimmock

one state and another. 70 Both their past and their future were in the process reimagined as Christian in preparation for the end of days. Rather than protocolonialism in action, the baptism of “strangers” in early modern England became a focal point for the interplay of contested religious positions

Pamela Gossin

585 Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 14 (2009) 555-598 Juliet Cummins and David Burchell, eds., Science, Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England (Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity Series) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. xiv+242, £55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978 0 7546

Nicole Coonradt

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156852907X244601 Religion and the Arts 11 (2007) 480–493 RELIGION and the ARTS Review Essay Religion in Early Modern England: Two Recent Commentaries Nicole M. Coonradt University of Denver Betteridge, Tom. Literature and

Kevin Laam

369 Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011) 352-378 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157338211X585939 Mary Ann Lund, Melancholy, Medicine and Religion in Early Modern England: Reading e Anatomy of Melancholy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 236

Hannah Newton

Olivia Weisser’s debut monograph, Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England, is a masterful study of the perception and experience of illness between 1630 and 1730, and the ways in which these “views and sensations offer a new perspective on what it meant to be a man or a

Adrienne L. Eastwood

have traditionally reported that except for prostitution and witchcraft, men were overwhelmingly charged with most of the petty crime in early modern England. 4 Since John Beattie’s early study of crime in Surrey and Sussex from 1660–1800 found that women accounted for just a third of all the

Robert Erickson

Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 13 (2008) 384­415 405 Eve Keller, Generating Bodies and Gendered Selves: The Rhetoric of Reproduction in Early Modern England (In Vivo: Cultural Mediations of Biomedical Science) (Seattle: Uni- versity of Washington Press, 2007), pp. 232, 11 illus., $30