P05
'True religion' and the anthropology of the Scottish Enlightenment

Convenors:
Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Location:
Quincentenary Building, Wadsworth Room
Start time:
21 June, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will explore the historical context and contemporary relevance of the Scottish Enlightenment concept of 'true religion'.

Long abstract:

The thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment developed a normative theory of human nature that would enable them to establish criteria of good and bad with respect to forms of social organization, educational institutions and public policy. Some writers applied the same strategy to natural religion in order to identify its 'true' form. This panel will investigate the theory of human nature that underlies this normative anthropology, and the contemporary relevance (if any) of the concept of 'true religion'.