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Keith, Georgelocked

(1638–27 March 1716)
  • J. William Frost


Keith, George (1638–27 March 1716), Quaker theologian, founder of the "Christian Quakers" and Anglican priest, Quaker theologian, founder of the “Christian Quakers,” and Anglican priest, was born in Peterhead Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to a family he later described as loyal to the Solemn League and Covenant and who disowned him after he became a Quaker. Nothing else is known of his parentage or early years. Keith attended Marischall College, Aberdeen (1654–1658), received an M.A., and prepared to be a Presbyterian minister. Later he referred to universities as “the stews of Anti-Christ,” but he had nonetheless gained an extensive knowledge in mathematics, philosophy, and languages. Keith, who read Descartes, testified that he became a Quaker through reading the Cambridge Platonist Henry More. In 1662 he was imprisoned for six months for his beliefs and wrote ...

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