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117451
[WISHART, William.]

The Principles of Liberty of Conscience Stated and Defended: In a Letter to a Friend.

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Published: Edinburgh printed by Tho. and Wal. Ruddimans, 1739

Stock Code: 117451

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Notes

First edition. Writing under the odd pseudonym Gwitmarpscheldon, William Wishart (1691-1753), a liberal Church of Scotland Minister, provides a defence of religious toleration and liberty of conscience. Arguing from a religious rather than secular basis, Wishart argues that toleration is in the spirit of Christian ethics, that freedom of conscience is an inalienable right which cannot be given up to a civil power, that free thought is a duty and to follow another is an afront to God, and that to use force to compel religious beliefs creates hypocrisy and reinforces the contrarian beliefs. Moreover, he rejects commonly cited historical, legal and theological bases to use force to compel religious belief, and claims that it was not until Augustine's writings that the church claimed a theological basis to use force to enforce dogma. The tract is scarce, with only 8 copies known in public institutions.

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Description

Octavo (180 x 111 mm). Rebound in modern boards, printed paper label to front board, edges sprinkled red.

Condition

A few blemishes and creases to pages. A very good copy.

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