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    Parker, Samuel. A Demonstration of The Divine Authority Of The Law of Nature, and of the Christian Religion. London: M. Flesher for R. Royston & R. Chiswell, 1681. 4to. A4, a-f4, B-I4. [6],xlii,[8],427,[4 ads]p. Contemporary paneled calf, re-backed, old label reused fine crisp copy on thick paper. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $500.00

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    Parker, Samuel (1640 - 1688), Bishop of Oxford. "After the Restoration, Parker fell out with the warden of Wadham, Dr Walter Blandford, on account of his puritanical views and he transferred to Trinity College, where he proceeded MA on 9 July 1663. At Trinity, Parker fell under the influence of Ralph Bathurst, who he later claimed had "first rescue[d] him from the chains and fetters of an unhappy education" (Parker, Free and Impartial Censure, sig. A3v). Under Bathurst's guidance Parker became a keen Anglican, and was ordained the following year. Parker subsequently spent some time in London, possibly as a domestic chaplain...  Parker maintained his interest in science and combating atheism, producing his magnum opus in 1678, Disputationes de Deo et Providentia Divina. This continued and expanded the themes addressed in the Tentamina de Deo; attacking Epicureanism, Hobbes, Descartes, and the use of ancient philosophy. A further development of Parker's interests in this respect was A Demonstration of the Divine Authority of the Law of Nature and of the Christian Religion (London, 1681), which was designed as a continuation of the Disputationes de Deo, and was dedicated to Ralph Bathurst. Parker combined the recent natural law theory of Richard Cumberland with more traditional sources to provide evidence that natural law was obligatory and represented the will of God."

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