(16761729). Deist, freethinker*; b. Heston, near Hounslow, Middlesex, Eng.; educ. Cambridge; friend of J. Locke*; denied OT prophecy, canonicity of NT, immortality of the soul. Works include Essay on the Use of Reason; A Discourse of Free-Thinking; A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Haman Liberty; Discourse of the Grounds and Reasons of the Christian Religion; The Scheme of Literal Prophecy Considered. See also Deism, III 5.
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