Edward Stillingfleet

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Edward Stillingfleet (April 17, 1635- March 27, 1699) was one of the foremost Anglican theologians of late seventeenth-century England. Born in Cranborn, Dorset as the seventh son of a family of gentry status, little is known of his early life. He followed his older brother to St. John’s College, Cambridge in 1649, where he received B.A. degree in 1652, and his M.A. degree in 1656. In 1657 Stillingfleet was ordained in the Anglican Church by Bishop Robert Brownrigg and served in the household of Sir Roger Burgoyne and received the rectory of Sutton in Bedfordshire until 1665. In 1659 he published his first work, Irenicum, or a Weapon Salv’d, in which he argued against divine right of early church government and that …

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Fishman, Joel. "Edward Stillingfleet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2013
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