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A Theological Text for the University of Virginia

Doctrina Antiqua de Rerum Originibus: Or, an Inquiry Into the Doctrine of the Philosophers of All Nations, Concerning the Origin of the World by Thomas Burnet

E. Curll, Printer, London, 1736

In 1823, Thomas Jefferson asked James Madison to compile a list of theological texts to be incorporated into the University of Virginia’s library. This particular book, like many from Madison’s library, bears his name on the upper right-hand corner of the title page; in it, theologian Thomas Burnet considered whether the fall of man was a symbolic rather than literal event.

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