Oxford-Warburg Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. xii + 464.
In this fine-grained study of Biblical criticism in the early modern period, Hardy insists on the importance of confessional motivations to those scholars most closely involved in its development. Historians who have argued for a confessionally neutral ‘republic of letters’ have, in Hardy’s view, failed to take sufficient account of the theological agendas of those who made up that scholarly community. Rather than stand above and outside religious disagreements in order to pursue objective scholarship, Hardy argues, men like John Selden and Hugo Grotius sought instead to use their erudition
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