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Stephen Nye

(1648—1719) Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist


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Stephen Nye died in Little Hormead, Hertfordshire on 7 January 1719. He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1665. He became rector of Little Hormead in 1679 and remained there. He was a close associate of the Socinian Thomas Firmin, and involved himself in the Trinitarian debates. His highly controversial Brief History of the Unitarians … (1691) was primarily a defence of their view that ‘God is only one person, not three’ and that Jesus, being no more than human, was ‘the Son of God’ only in the sense that He was a unique messenger and servant of God. He was anxious to remain anonymous and to retain his position as an Anglican clergyman. In dispute with other Socinians his position tended to be more moderate and closer to the mainstream of Anglican thinking.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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