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1. Herbert of Cherbury, Edward

(Mar 3, 1583, Eyton-on-Severn – Aug 20, 1648, London), British Deist, historian, diplomat, and the elder brother of George Herbert (see below), is often called the father of British Deism. He defended a natural religion based on his doctrine of “common notions” (notiones communes). According to Herbert, “common notions” are the innate possibilities of human knowledge, which constitute the universal basis of all religious knowledge as well. In his treatises De v…

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Walters, Kerry S. and Ray, Robert H., “Herbert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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