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Monday, August 13, 2012

James Wilson on John Locke

Wilson believed the Bible was true and tolerant, which it definitely is. He also believed skeptics used Locke's writings to promote their agenda--not his:
But was Sir William Blackstone a votary of despotick power? I am far from asserting that he was. I am equally far from believing that Mr. Locke was a friend to infidelity [a disbelief in the Scriptures]. But yet it is unquestionable, that the writings of Mr. Locke have facilitated the progress, and have given strength to the effects of scepticism.
--Works of Wilson

Lord Bracton, the Father of the Common Law, who Wilson understood, believed the penalty of murdering a quickened child in the womb was more severe than before quickening.

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