Locke fired back twice against Edwards’s criticisms of Locke’s The Reasonableness of Christianity. In this episode, we hear a bit of Locke’s Second Vindication.
Locke presses Edwards on whether or not Edwards can give a set a beliefs such that one must believe (or confess) all of them to be a Christian. Locke also discusses the interesting case of clashing Christian theories about the Eucharist / Lord’s Supper. Locke holds that a Christian is obligated what he (after some reasonable effort) believes Jesus and the apostles to be teaching on that matter.
I offer a few thoughts on Locke’s arguments, and highlight a few shortcomings of his replies to Edwards.
Lastly, we hear from the apostle Peter, as reported by Luke in Acts 10 – his message, preached as an entryway into God’s kingdom: does Peter’s message sound more like Locke’s summary, or like Edwards’s? What do you think?
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Links for this episode:
- John Locke: Vindications of the Reasonableness of Christianity. The definitive scholarly edition of the two follow-up books, edited with extensive notes by Victor Nuovo. Extracts of numerous writings relevant to Locke’s book and the ensuing controversy.
- podcast episode 52 – John Locke’s The Reasonableness of Christianity, Part 1
- podcast episode 53 – John Locke’s The Reasonableness of Christianity, Part 2
- podcast episode 54 – John Edwards vs. John Locke’s Reasonableness of Christianity