Robert Sandeman

(1718—1771) promoter of the Glasite church

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(1718–71), Scottish-born leader of the religious sect of Sandemanians, which protested against the established Church of Scotland, believed that church and state should be separate, and contended that “the bare Work of Jesus Christ without a Deed or Thought on the Part of Man is sufficient to present the chief of Sinners spotless before God.” Sandeman emigrated to New England in 1764, where he published Some Thoughts on Christianity (1764), and established his sect, despite the opposition of Congregational ministers.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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