Toland

1992 BE2. Discovered 1992 Jan. 30 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the controversial freethinker John Toland (1670-1722). In 1696 he published his celebrated Christianity not Mysterious, a classic exposition on deism. Later, in his Letters to Serena (1704), he severely attacked the deism of both Spinoza {see planet (7142)} and Newton {see planet (8000)} with the remark "That after admitting the Activity of Matter, there seems to be no need of presiding Intelligence", thus anticipating Holbach's {see planet (6956)} Système de la Nature. (M 31028)

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