Locke’s Philosophy of Religion

Wolterstoff, Nicholas. "Locke's Philosophy of Religion," The Cambridge Companion to Locke. Ed. Vere Chappell, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1994.


“John Locke’s philosophy of religion is one of the great creative achievements in the history of philosophy of religion in the West. It has also proved powerfully influential: at least until recently, probably most modern Western intellectuals have thought about the interconnections among reason, responsibility, and religious conviction along Lockean lines. It should immediately be added, however, that in his day Locke was by no means alone in thinking about these matters as he did: genius though he was, Locke was not a solitary genius. The truth is that Locke articulated better than anyone else a philosophical way of thinking about religion that was gaining currency around the end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth century in northwest Europe.”