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Author Collins, Jeffrey R.

Title The allegiance of Thomas Hobbes / Jeffrey R. Collins
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005


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Description xii, 313 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Thomas Hobbes and the uses of Christianity -- Hobbes, the long parliament, and the Church of England -- Rise of the independents -- Leviathan and the Cromwellian revolution -- Hobbes among the Cromwellians -- The independents and the 'Religion of Thomas Hobbes' -- Response of the exiled church
Summary "The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes offers a revisionist interpretation of Thomas Hobbes's evolving response to the English Revolution. It rejects the prevailing understanding of Hobbes as a consistent, if idiosyncratic, royalist, and vindicates the contemporaneous view that the publication of Leviathan marked Hobbes's accommodation with England's revolutionary regime. In sustaining these conclusions, Professor Collins foregrounds the religious features of Hobbes's writings, and maintains a contextual focus on the broader religious dynamics of the English Revolution itself. Hobbes and the Revolution are both placed within the tumultuous historical process that saw the emerging English state coercively secure jurisdictional control over national religion and the corporate church. Seen in the light of this history, Thomas Hobbes emerges as a theorist who moved with, rather than against, the revolutionary currents of his age. The strongest claim of the book is that Hobbes was motivated by his deep detestation of clerical power to break with the Stuart cause and to justify the religious policies of England's post-regicidal masters, including Oliver Cromwell."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-304) and index
Subject Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679.
Political science -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660.
LC no. 2005019553
ISBN 0199268479 (hbk. : alk. paper)