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 A Shorte Declaration of the Mistery of Iniquity
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The Mistery of Iniquity


Thomas Helwys

Date: 1612

Original Language: English


Believed to have been printed in Amsterdam, this first ever plea for complete religious liberty in English is 212 pages long. Helwys presumably took the copies with him when he returned to England. The title is from 2 Thessalonians 2:7: ‘For the mystery of iniquity doth already work.’ The book begins with a four-page ‘Note to the Reader’, and an out…

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Bennett, Clinton, “ A Shorte Declaration of the Mistery of Iniquity”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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