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Clarke, Samuel
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Oct 11, 1675, Norwich – May 17, 1729, Leicestershire), an exponent of rationalist and liberal theology in the 18th century. Clarke studied in Cambridge where he came under the influence of I. Newton. In A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God (1705) Clarke defended a cosmological proof of the existence of God, which was based on the necessity of explaining why contingent being exists. A Discourse concerning the Unchangeable Obligations of Natural Religion argues that the principles of morality can be discerned by reason without reliance on fa…

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Byrne, Peter, “Clarke, Samuel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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