John Locke, toleration, and Samuel Parker's A Discourse of Ecclesiastical Politie (1669) : A new manuscript

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Walmsley, J. C. and Waldmann, Felix. (2021). John Locke, toleration, and Samuel Parker's A Discourse of Ecclesiastical Politie (1669) : A new manuscript. Modern Intellectual History. pp. 1-36. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479244321000421
AuthorsWalmsley, J. C. and Waldmann, Felix
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The following article prints a new manuscript by John Locke: a commentary on A Discourse of Ecclesiastical Politie (1669) by Samuel Parker (1640–88), the religious controversialist. Locke's interest in Parker's work has been known to scholars since 1954, when notes by Locke of roughly one thousand words were purchased by the Bodleian Library. The article reports the discovery of an unknown portion of this commentary: a manuscript of roughly three thousand words in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The article transcribes the manuscript, reconstructs its provenance, and reexamines Locke's engagement with Parker's Discourse. This engagement occurred in the period following Locke's composition of the first recensions of his Essay Concerning Toleration (1667–8), as Locke contemplated a refutation of Parker's ecclesiology. The discovered manuscript provides the first evidence of Locke's commitment to the principle that minimalistic theism would suffice for peaceable coexistence in any civil society.

Year2021
JournalModern Intellectual History
Journal citationpp. 1-36
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1479-2451
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479244321000421
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Online14 Oct 2021
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Accepted20 Jun 2021
Deposited14 Jun 2022
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