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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Barron, Clinton Bryan
URN etd-06072004-202100
Title Minimum Dogma and Religious Toleration
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
G. Ellis Sandoz Committee Chair
Cameron Thies Committee Member
Cecil Eubanks Committee Member
  • utopianism
  • utopia
  • leap in being
  • socinianism
  • pre-socratic philosophy
  • liberalism
  • political theology
Date of Defense 2004-05-18
Availability unrestricted
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.
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