Law, William


    William Law (1686-1761) was one of the great clerics and educators of the Church of England. He was educated at Cambridge, eventually taking a teaching position there in addition to being ordained in the Church of England. He lost his position at Cambridge for being a non-Juror, which came about when he found himself unable to take the required oath of allegiance to the Hanoverian dynasty that had replaced the Stuart Dynasty as the lawful rulers of the Great Britain. Accordingly, he was ineligible to serve as a university teacher or parish minister. Although forbidden the use of the pulpit and the lecture hall, he preached through his books. The best known and most popular was A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, which he wrote in 1728.

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