Samuel Pike died in Trowbridge, Wiltshire in January 1773. Educated at the dissenting Hoxton Academy in East London, Pike became independent minister at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in about 1740, but moved to a ministry in London in 1747. At the same time he established a dissenting academy at his house in Hoxton Square. The major influence upon his theology at this time was John Hutchinson and in 1753 he published a lengthy work of natural theology, Philosophia sacra, which was almost entirely derived from Hutchinson's ideas. His subsequent publications dealt exclusively with scriptural, moral and liturgical issues. His Body of Divinity (1755), for example, was based on the shorter Westminster Catechism (approved by Parliament and the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1648).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.