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Cambridge Platonists
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The Cambridge Platonists were a group of independent philosophical theologians influenced by the ideas of Platonism and Neoplatonism, who sought to develop a theology that would eschew both Puritan Calvinism and Laudian (W. Laud) Anglo-Catholicism. Reason was for them “the spirit in man,” which serves as “the cradle of the Lord.” They were unanimous in their conviction that God acts in harmony with the eternal reason of things, in their rejection of all notions of an absolute, sovereign divine will, and finally in their trust in the abi…

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Pailin, David Arthur, “Cambridge Platonists”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02707>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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