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The view that uncertainties in religion require a degree of latitude in belief rather than a dogmatic approach. In biblical studies it follows that historical evidence must be scientifically studied with rigorous scrutiny. The opposing view was most notably expressed by J. H. Newman in his Apologia (1864): ‘Liberalism is the mistake of subjecting to human judgement those revealed doctrines which are of their nature beyond and independent of it.’

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