Hobbes and Christianity
Reassessing the Bible in Leviathan
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of Pages: 304
Width: 15.1 cm
Height: 22.6 cm
Although Thomas Hobbes was widely regarded by his contemporaries to be an atheist, scholars in the late nineteenth century reconsidered his works and reclaimed him as a sincere exegete of scripture. During the twentieth century a growing number of Hobbes scholars agreed with this revised interpretation. Paul D. Cooke's well-documented and thorough new study aims to reestablish the seventeenth century view of Hobbes by arguing that Leviathan is profoundly antipathetic to orthodox Christianity.
... carefully documented and ... convincing. -- Hall Peebles, ENCOUNTER This book, thoroughly and clearly constructed, compels attention to the doctrine of Hobbes that the exegete's task is to find God in nature's reason and to construe what appears as God's word in that very spirit. -- Joseph Cropsey, University of Chicago ... a useful reinterpretation of the function of Hobbes's theological writings and their relationship to his political theory. The book successfully returns Hobbes to the classical philosophical and political tradition that he was originally understood to have founded; it serves as an excellent, welcomed rival to the theistic reinterpretations that have occupied much of recent Hobbes scholarship. -- Gary B. Herbert, Loyola University Paul Cooke's illuminating book shows both why Hobbes thought the theology was needed, and why the Christians of Hobbes's day were so upset by it. -- Edwin Curley, University of Michigan Clearly articulated... -- Paul Seaton, Fordham University Journal Of Interdisciplinary Studies The principal value of Cooke's work lies...in its careful juxtaposition of two particular works: the Bible and ^RLeviathan^I. This juxtaposition has the merit of allowing readers to judge for themselves... -- Kerry Whiteside, American Political Science Review