Bury, Arthur Dd
Bury, Arthur D.D., was born in Devon, and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, of which he became principal. He was ejected by the Parliament, but at the Restoration he was reappointed, and also made prebendary of Exeter and chaplain to Charles II. When William III was seeking to unite the different Protestant bodies, Bury wrote a book called The Naked Gospel (Lond. 1690, 4to), in which he reduced both doctrine and practice to their simplest forms, in order to furnish a common platform for all parties. As is usual with mediators, he pleased nobody; and besides, having asserted in his book that a belief in the divinity of Christ was not essential to salvation, he brought a storm upon himself which drove him from his preferments. His book was burnt by order of the University. He afterward had a bitter controversy with Jurieu. The date of his death is unknown. — Rose, New Biog. Dictionary.