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Englebert Humperdink revives career

LONDON, April 2 (UPI) -- Entertainer Englebert Humperdink has returned to the top of the British charts 30 years after his reign as a sexy international superstar. The singer has become trendy again, first by starring in a John Smith beer ad with comedian Peter Kay, and now with
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John Smith
Washington Wizards' Antonio Davis (6) shoots for a lay-up over Atlanta Hawks' John Smith (5), during the first quarter at the MCI Center in Washington, DC on January 11, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

John Smith (born 1618 in Achurch, Northamptonshire – died August 7, 1652 in Cambridge) was an English philosopher, theologian, and educator.

He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1636, took his B.A. in 1640 and his M.A. in 1644, at which time he was chosen fellow of Queens' College. His health seems to have been precarious from the first. His labors were principally confined to his office as teacher, for which he had remarkable qualifications. His preaching was with a rare degree of eloquence, which can still be felt in the Select Discourses (1660). In that work, he writes about several metaphysical and epistemological issues surrounding Christianity - the existence of God, eternal life, and rationality. He gained much local fame as a lecturer on mathematics. His personal character was such as to excite the admiration of his associates in a remarkable degree. As a "founder" of the so-called Cambridge Platonists, his special service was in developing the foundation of a Christian philosophy that was deeply rational, open to the new science, and yet directed to the practical goal of living a religious life.

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