Is there any need of two ands in this sentence?

The so called Rational Supernaturalism admits the supernatural revelation in holy scripture, and puts reason alongside of it as an equally legitimate source of religious knowledge, and maintains the rationality of the contents of revelation.
Source: Church history by Kurtz, J. H. (Johann Heinrich), 1809-1890; Macpherson, John; p.196

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    at times, need depends on the style!
    – Maulik V
    Nov 21, 2015 at 8:15
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    You could indeed remove the first and, and the sentence would still be grammatically correct.
    – J.R.
    Nov 21, 2015 at 12:00

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As several commenters have pointed out, the answer to your question is: no. In this particular case, the two and are assisting the commas in separating the elements of a series. The first and is superfluous, thus we could remove it without violating any rules of grammar.

Asif Iqbal's comment, however, brings up an interesting example (contentiously ascribed to Albert Einstein):

Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the former.

In this case, we have two and words but they are performing different roles: the first separates the elements of a binary series; the second, however, is a conjunction for an independent clause.


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