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After The Essay: Travel Literature In The Stillingfleet Controversy

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Travel literature played a little recognised role in the Locke-Stillingfleet controversy. Locke and Stillingfleet had distinct approaches to the use of travel literature and in the course of the controversy Stillingfleet was obliged to address the evidence of travel literature more thoroughly than he had done at first. The controversy between the two men began when Stillingfleet included criticisms of the Essay in his Discourse in Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity in 1696, a polemic against the Socinians or Unitarians who denied the validity of the doctrine of the Trinity. Edward Stillingfleet was one of the Anglican Church's intellectual heavyweights. Both Stillingfleet and Locke reflected an aspect of natural philosophy. Stillingfleet drew on the evidence of natural philosophy in the Origines Sacrae in which he argued for the literal truth of the Bible, as the revealed word of God, offering the only accurate account of world history.

Keywords: doctrine of the Trinity; Locke's Essay; Locke-Stillingfleet controversy; natural philosophy; Origines Sacrae; socinianism; travel literature



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