Signs of reasons’s deadening influence upon churches appeared in a large group within the Church of England called the Latitudinarians. The eloquent John Tillotson, the archbishop of Canterbury (1691-1694), was among them. He vigorously denounced what he called religious "enthusiasm". This included any emotional expression encouraged by fervent preachers. He and his fellow Latitudinarians stressed instead proper behavior. Men should reform their conduct; they should be generous, humane nd tolerant, and avoid bigotry and fanaticism.
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