- Put Locke’s piece on “enthusiasm” through the elements
of critical thinking. Here is a suggested order: context, point of view,
question at issue, purpose, concepts, assumptions, (arguments), information,
implications and consequences, interpretations, alternatives, and
conclusions. We will discuss your analysis in class. Does “going around the
circle” of elements enable you to see any weaknesses in Locke’s presentation?
Do you find it sufficient?
- Does the excerpt we read undermine traditional
Christianity? What points here would have offended the clergy? Bunyan,
Browne, Donne, Herbert: Would Locke be positive or critical of anything in
the works by these authors?
- How would you apply Locke’s ideas about reasoned
evidence vs. enthusiasm to any of the religious works that we have studied so
far this term?
- What is the relationship between Locke’s piece and the
1 John 4:1: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test
the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have
gone out into the world.”
Philippians 4:8: “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”