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Date: 1705

"What are ye, but a Field, or plot of ground, to be manured and cultivated for God?"

— Flavell, John (bap. 1630, d. 1691)

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Date: 1707

"Lest any understand what I have said a few Pages hence as if I wholly denied common Innate Principles, observe, That it is only actual Connate Knowledge that I deny, and in respect to which I say that the Soul is rasa tabula; but I confess a Natural Passive power for the knowing of them a...

— Baxter, Richard (1615-1691)

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Date: Jan 7 1712/13

"The Heart must be Tabula Rasa, white Paper to his Pen, soft Wax to his Seal: Let him write upon me what he pleaseth, and make what Impressions he pleaseth upon me."

— Henry, Matthew (1662-1714)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.