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In gen., one who does not conform to norms, esp. of an est. ch. See also Dissenter. Other terms: separatist, indep., Congregationalist. More specifically, 1 of many clerics who left the Ch. of Eng. rather than submit to the 1662 Act of Uniformity (see Presbyterian Churches, 2). Nonconformists of one kind or another include J. Bunyan,* O. Cromwell,* R. W. Dale,* P. T. Forsyth,* G. Fox,* J. Greenwood,* M. Henry,* J. Milton,* C. H. Spurgeon,* I. Watts,* C. Wesley,* J. Wesley,* G. Whitefield,* M. Poole.* See also Recusant.

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