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In either case, Milton's Secrecy and Philosophical Hermeneutics will spark new debates about Milton's concernment with both esoteric and exoteric Renaissance / early-modern traditions.
Locke's general notion of substance--particularly, spiritual substance--as a mysterious "we know not what" (2.23.3) led him to base personal identity not on the soul but instead on consciousness, a key property of which involves "Concernment" (2.1.11, see also 2.27.9).
This was especially the case in what he called 'matters of concernment' (such as moral and religious questions).
His reaction to the debate about the murder of the Jewish inhabitants in Jedwabne in 1941 for example was controversial, but Kwasniewski went to the village and expressed his concernment by apologizing.
The passage on religious liberty read as follows: "Resolved, That the foundation of this union of States having been laid in, and its prosperity, expansion, and pre-eminent example in free government, built upon entire freedom in matters of religious concernment, and no respect of person in regard to rank or place of birth; no party can justly be deemed national, constitutional, or in accordance with American principles, which bases its exclusive organization upon religious opinions and accidental birth-place.
* A centralised administration, coordinated by the leader, who is, same time, owner and entrepreneur; the costs shaping has to be a continue concernment for the entrepreneur;
and in a matter too of so high concernment as Religion, by a Wife of a contrary Religion?" (44) In one episode recounted in the 1626 letter--a battle over the queen refusing to follow the orders of Queen Anne's household--Nedham observes: "This is a new strain of a feminine spirit: that scorns to be bounded by Precedent: She thinks it an indignity to do as the Queenes of England before her." (45) The queen constitutes a threat to all things English: "nothing being done but by Her motion or consent, to the manifest prejudice and ruine of our Religion and Nation." (46)
Religion refers only "to those actions which [please or displease] God without any concerning at all my neighbor, civil society, or my own preservation in this life." (27) It consists of "those opinions and actions alone which I entertain, or perform, only to please God and such as have no concernment at all with my neighbor or the interest or affairs of this world." (28) Thus whatever involves the temporal--regardless of whether it is other, vise religious--is by definition not religious.
I deny not, but that it is of greatest concernment in the Church and
Protests were sometimes achieved individually, but usually as part of a group and in 1659, they took a petition to Parliament with more than 7,000 signatures calling for the abolition of tithes and recommending other radical changes: It may seem strange to some that women should appear in so public a manner, in a manner of so great concernment as this of tithes, and we also should bring in our testimony even as our brethren against that Anti-Christian law and oppression of tithes, by which many of the servants of the Lord have suffered in filthy holes and dungeons until death.
Cremin (1970) notes that schooling went on anywhere and everywhere, not only in schoolrooms, but in kitchens, manses, churches, meetinghouses, sheds erected in fields, and shops erected in towns; that pupils were taught by anyone and everyone, not only by schoolmasters, but by parents, tutors, clergymen, lay readers, precentors, physicians, lawyers, artisans, and shopkeepers [adding] that education became increasingly a matter of "public concernment" in the colonies.
[W]hen the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment." (12) As Emerson well knows, the intellectual may affect indifference to democracy's brute force, but he cannot ignore its importance.