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Latitudinarian, Latitudinarianism 

Although many of the "latitude men," like the Cambridge Platonists and their intellectual successor, John Locke, possessed a deep personal piety, some latitudinarians tended toward deism in religion. They saw the church as a department of the state. They considered the church to be necessary to preserve and encourage morality and to support a Protestant monarchy. Gilbert Burnet's Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles (1699) was written from this point of view. 




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