'Scepticism in excess': Gibbon and eighteenth-century Christianity

  title={'Scepticism in excess': Gibbon and eighteenth-century Christianity},
  author={B. Young},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  • B. Young
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
Since the appearance of volume I of The decline and fall of the Roman empire in 1776, the religion of Edward Gibbon has been subject to intense debate. He has been variously identified as an atheist, a deist, even as a somewhat detached Christian. Examination of his relations, both personal and scholarly, with the varieties of religion and irreligion current in eighteenth-century Britain leads to the conclusion that he remained resolutely critical of all such positions. He did not share the… Expand
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