Cambridge Platonist Spirituality

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Charles Taliaferro, Alison J. Teply
Paulist Press, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 233 pages
This volume in the distinguished Classics of Western Spirituality series presents a collection of essays, poetry, and treatises by Cambridge Platonists, a movement in philosophical theology that flourished around Cambridge University in the 17th century and left a profound impact on the shape of subsequent religious life in the English speaking world. This school of thought emphasized the great goodness of God, the accord between reason and faith, an integrated life of virtue, and the deep joy of living in concord with God. In an important introduction, the editors situate the Cambridge Platonist movement in its historical and religious setting: the decades of turbulence and political crises surrounding the English Civil War. They then offer brief biographical portraits of the principal members of the movement: Benjamin Whichcote; Henry More; Ralph Cudworth; John Smith; Peter Sterry; Nathaniel Culverwell; and Anne Conway. Following the introduction is a representative sample of Cambridge Platonist writings. Scholars and students of 17th-century England, Christian spirituality of the early modern era, intellectual history, and faith and reason will appreciate this treatment of the spiritual life and work of an often overlooked, but significant, movement. +

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Contents

Introduction to Cambridge Platonism
5
A Sermon Preached before the Honorable House
55
The Joy Which the Righteous Have in
95
The Moral Part of Religion Reinforced
105
That Those Who Are Truly Religious
115
Our Conversation Is in Heaven
126
Aphorisms
135
The Excellency and Nobleness of True Religion
150
The True Way or Method of Attaining to Divine
157
Charitie and Humilitie
165
A Discourse of the Freedom of the Will
178
The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern
187
Notes
193
Bibliography
220
Index
229
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