"Impressive for its thorough scholarship....This study contributes to our better understanding of Locke, his ideas, and his place int he history of Western thought."--The Journal of Religion
"This very readable and intriguing text maintains that a consistent theme can be drawn in Locke's Essays
that reflects his belief that Christianity need not be inconsistent with a view that human nature is educable....Spellman's very good treatment of the religious themes in English thought contemporary to Locke provides a very strong study of the impact that Broad-Church approaches had on Locke....A clear statement that exhibits considerable historical thoroughness and an admirable writing style."--Choice
"This study, enriched by numerous citations from seveteenth-century theologians either friendly or inimical to Locke, provides a useful caveat to anyone tempted to merge Locke entirely into the Enlightenment."--American Historical Review
About the Author
W.M. Spellman is a Lecturer in History at Suffolk University, Boston.