Lodowick Muggleton.Dyed the 14.th of March 1697/8. then Aged 88 years 7 months and 14 days.
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Lodowicke Muggleton (1609-1698) was an English plebeian religious thinker, who gave his name to Muggletonianism. Worked from 1631 as a tailor for his cousin, William Reeve, whose brother John co-founded the Muggletonian sect. In 1651 he experienced a series of revelations. He declared himself and John Reeve the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation and claimed they had been given the power to bless believers and curse sceptics. In 1656 Muggleton and Reeve published the highly controversial The Divine Looking-Glass, in which the doctrines of the sect were developed. Amongst these were the beliefs that the distinction of the three persons in the Trinity were merely nominal and that God was a corporeal, embodied being. In 1677 Muggleton was imprisoned for blasphemy. The last Muggletonian, Philip Noakes, died in 1979.
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