Identifier

etd-06072004-202100

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This thesis examines issues that emerge from the investigation of the relationship between John Locke's arguments for religious toleration as found in his Letter Concerning Toleration and his construction of a minimum dogma for Christianity in his The Reasonableness of Christianity. The first chapter follows the development of minimum dogma from its origin in the experience Eric Voegelin terms the leap in being, through Xenophanes' concept of "seemliness," to the minimum dogmas of Plato. The second chapter examines the use of minimum dogma in theories of religious toleration by More and Spinoza. The final chapter examines the work of John Locke and questions the adequacy of his formulation minimum dogma without a basis in the leap in being as a support for religious toleration.

Date

2004

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

G. Ellis Sandoz

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