Secularism in the City: Geographies of Dissidence and the Importance of Radical Culture in the Metropolis

  • David Nash


The city of London has, since the Reformation, proved especially fertile ground for both religious dissidence and the incendiary blending of religion with politics. As a centre of the print trade it produced prodigious quantities of the very raw material that fuelled the debates that were the lifeblood of the Reformation. This print culture gave individuals the capacity to originate their own thoughts about the universe and their place within it. Marian and Elizabethan London, as Patrick Collinson has demonstrated, hosted a number of advanced religious congregations whose Protestantism outstripped the religious thinking of even the more progressive clerics associated with the Elizabethan settlement. Periodically Elizabethan London would also play host to religious radicals and the unorthodox, fleeing unfavourable circumstances or persecution on the European continent.1


Nineteenth Century French Revolution Ideological Position Secular Society Secular Movement 
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