Edward Bagshaw

(1630—1671) Independent minister and religious controversialist

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Edward Bagshaw was born in Broughton, Northamptonshire and died suddenly in London on 28 December 1671. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford (gaining his BA in 1649 and MA in 1651), of which he became a Student. Bagshaw's father was a prominent lawyer, and a self-assertive disposition combined in the son's writings with his relentless pursuit of a case. As the latter concerned questions of Christian doctrine and Church order in politically sensitive times, it is not altogether surprising that Bagshaw experienced practical difficulties. Whilst most of the evidence about Bagshaw's character emanates from his ecclesiastical adversaries, it is clear that he was not averse to controversy. The real interest of his work lies with his problems in producing an intellectually stable set of positions that matched his circumstances.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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