posted June 16, 1998

Essay by James Herrick Included In Encyclopedia on Censorship

An essay by James Herrick of the Hope College communication faculty has been included in the forthcoming "Censorship:  An International Encyclopedia."

          Herrick contributed a 2,000-word essay on the
  trial of three English Deists for blasphemy between 1729 and
  1751.  The three were Thomas Woolston, Peter Annet and Jacob
  Ilive, all of whom were found guilty.
          The encyclopedia, which will appear in August, is
  being published by Fitzroy Dearborn publishers of London,
  England.  It is edited by Derek Jones of England, and
  contains entries by more than 550 contributors from more
  than 40 countries.
          The encyclopedia is designed for use by students
  and scholars in a variety of disciplines, by journalists and
  other media professionals, and those who are interested in
  freedom of expression.  In addition to providing an
  international view, the encyclopedia is also covering all
  the media that have been censored.
          Herrick's essay is derived from his book, "The
  Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists:  The Discourse of
  Skepticism, 1680-1750," published by the University of South
  Carolina Press in 1997.  The book examines the English
  Deists' approach to challenging the Church of England's
  doctrine that biblical accounts of miracles were literally
  true.
          The Deists' preferred media were speeches,
  pamphlets and books.  The three trials discussed in
  Herrick's essay were for books in two cases, and for a
  periodical that Annet published briefly.
          Herrick has been conducting research on the
  miracles controversy since working on his dissertation for
  the doctorate he completed in 1986.