Francis Lodwick is known, if at all, for his work in the fields of phonology, shorthand, and universal language.
Yet there was more to Lodwick than his published linguistic work. He held strikingly unorthodox ideas for one in the burgeoning scientific community: he contended that there were men before Adam, that the different nations of the world had arisen polygenetically, and that there was no common origin of languages; he said that the Bible was textually corrupt; he disposed of the ideas of the Fall, of original sin, and of the Trinity. Building on the otherwise execrated proposals of John Milton, he said that divorce was justified. He even wrote an extended utopian fiction called A Country Not Named in which he allowed these ideas space to breathe in a fictional environment.
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