Conventional wisdom on the rise of toleration in Western Europe portrays Enlightenment thinkers as constructing a reasonable, if belated, intellectual response to the wars of religion and the practice of Christian intolerance initiated by the Reformation. Kaplan demonstrates that Enlightenment theories often followed, rather than preceded, the successful practice of religious toleration, and by drawing attention to the close physical proximity of people who were, at one and the same time, neighbors and religious opponents, the book demonstrates how toleration became a practical necessity from below.
Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early ... James E Bradley Anglican and Episcopal History; Dec 2009; 78, 4;
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