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By Jeffrey Suderman

ISBN-10: 0773521909

ISBN-13: 9780773521902

George Campbell (1719-1796) has lengthy been considered as a seminal determine within the improvement of recent theories of persuasion, yet glossy scholars of rhetoric seldom glance past his Philosophy of Rhetoric to his both vital spiritual writings. Campbell is portrayed as a mundane determine, and his contributions to eighteenth-century Christian apology were mostly forgotten. In his personal time, even though, Campbell had a world recognition as a champion of the Gospel miracles opposed to the sceptical attacks of the thinker David Hume and as a revered biblical student and authority on Church background. Orthodoxy and Enlightenment is the 1st examine to accommodate the full variety of Campbell's pursuits and guides. Suderman units Campbell firmly in his eighteenth-century context, reconstructing his existence and instances from modern and manuscript resources. He argues that whereas Campbell's wide-ranging scholarly and medical pursuits made him as a lot a guy of the Enlightenment as his better-known contemporaries Voltaire and Hume, he used the severe instruments of the Enlightenment to safeguard a honest and orthodox Christian religion. The designated reconstruction of Campbell's apologetic process may be of curiosity to scholars of heritage, philosophy, literary feedback, rhetoric, and spiritual proposal, in addition to to basic readers attracted to the eighteenth century.

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I advise the Principal not to meddle himself in the disposal of it, but to leave that matter to Mr. ”16 Strahan did indeed publish the work in the following year, but we do not know the price or conditions of the manuscript sale. Adam Smith, whose Wealth of Nations had just been published, gave Strahan a mixed opinion: “There is good sense, and learning, and philosophy in Campbells Book: But it is so unfashioned that I am afraid you 14 John Allan, in another letter to John Alexander (20 November 1771), stated that “Campbel has been insinuating his Intention of making a Reply soon.

13 George Hay, A Detection of the Dangerous Tendency (London: Printed for the Aletheian Club, 1771), 9. Alexander Geddes, another Scottish Catholic priest, wrote satirical verses on what must have been Campbell’s sermon; see Reginald C. Fuller, Alexander Geddes 1737– 1802: Pioneer of Biblical Criticism (Sheffield: Almond Press, 1984), 24. fm Page 37 Wednesday, July 25, 2001 11:35 AM The Years of Achievement (1771–1790) 37 Christian morals, and sacrificed virtue for the advancement of the papal hierarchy.

40 The Wise Club provided a venue in which Campbell could explore his scientific interests. Not only did he contribute discussion questions concerning the colour of the heavens and the nature of diseases in animals, but he also devoted considerable time to the collection and classification of botanical specimens. A rare letter from this period details Campbell’s expeditions into a remote corner of Aberdeenshire, where he examined geological phenomena and identified plant species with more than mere 39 See Skene’s abstract of the discussion (which includes a compelling example of his bibliographic knowledge of the topic), aul ms 37, fol.

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