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By Isabel Rivers, David L. Wykes

ISBN-10: 0191526894

ISBN-13: 9780191526893

ISBN-10: 0199215308

ISBN-13: 9780199215300

Joseph Priestley was once probably the most extraordinary thinkers of the eighteenth century. top recognized at the present time because the scientist who came across oxygen, he additionally made significant contributions within the fields of schooling, politics, philosophy, and theology. This number of essays via a crew of specialists covers the whole diversity of Priestley's paintings and gives a brand new and recent account of all his actions, including a precis of his lifestyles and an account of his final years in the US. The ebook will re-establish him as a tremendous highbrow determine in Britain and the United States within the moment 1/2 the eighteenth century.

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He concluded, 21 Rutt, I i, 45. See his letter to Caleb Rotheram, 18 May 1766, Rutt, I i, 64–5; Schofield, I, 79–83, 99–104; Joseph Priestley, The Rudiments of English Grammar (London, 1761), p. iii; A. C. Baugh and T. , 2002), 282–5. Minister and Teacher 31 however, that his employment at Warrington would be ‘more liberal, and less painful’, in other words less demanding. ‘It was also a means of extending my connexions’. Nevertheless, Priestley told the trustees who brought the invitation that he would have preferred to be tutor in mathematics and natural philosophy, ‘for which I had at that time a great predilection’.

Although he generally avoided all subjects of controversy from the pulpit, many in his congregation were ‘attentive to nothing but the soundness of my faith in the doctrine of the Trinity’. In this respect it was what he left out rather than what he said that demonstrated his departure from orthodoxy. When ‘I came to treat of the Unity of God, merely as an article of religion’ their suspicions were aroused. He also made no secret of his Arianism in private conversation. Meadows, the senior minister, was outraged and took a major part in the opposition against him, with the result that he was deserted by many in the congregation.

M. Ditchfield, ‘ “The Preceptor of Nations”: Joseph Priestley and Theophilus Lindsey’, TUHS, 23 (2004), 495–512; and The Letters of Theophilus Lindsey, ed. G. M. Ditchfield, Volume 1: 1747–1788, Church of England Record Society, 15 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007). 36 Joseph Priestley there, he tells us, in consequence of ‘reading with care Dr Lardner’s Letter on the Logos’, he became a Unitarian, some 15 or 16 years after he had originally become an Arian. As historians have pointed out, it does seem surprising that Priestley should have been influenced to change his opinions at this date by A Letter .

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