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Encyclopedia > William Wollastson

William Wollastson (1659-1724) was an English clergyman and a deist. Deism is a religious philosophy and movement that became prominent in England, France, and the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

In retirement, he published The Religion of Nature Delineated (1722). This was a work of constructive (positive) deism rather than critical (negative) deism. As John Orr notes, "The fact that a seventh edition was issued in the year 1746 indicates something of the popularity and influence of the book."[1]

Wollastson should not be confused with Thomas Woolston, another important English deist. Thomas Woolston (1669 - January 21, 1731), English deist, born at Northampton in 1669, the son of a reputable tradesman, entered Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1685, studied theology, took orders and was made a fellow of his college. ...


  1. ^ Orr, John (1934). English Deism: Its Roots and Its Fruits. Eerdmans, p. 137.



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