Thomas Woolston

1669-1733. English Deist. Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he wrote Discourses on the Miracles of our Saviour (1727-29), a blunt attack on the miracles of Christ in which Woolston claimed that they were allegories. He was a keen student of Origen* and a lover of allegorizing. As a result of publishing his theory he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment and a fine of £100. He died in prison, unable to pay the fine. There is reason to believe that Woolston may have been mentally unbalanced.