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32. Deus (1696)

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Though I had heard Des Cartes’s opinion concerning the being of a God often questioned by Sober Men and noe enemies to his name. Yet I suspended my judgement of him till lately setting my self to examine his proof of a God I found that by it Senseless matter might be the first Eternall being and cause of all things as well as an immateriall intelligent Spirit. This joyned to his shutting out the Consideration of finall Causes out of his philosophie and his labouring to invalidate all other proofs of a God but his own, does unavoidably draw upon him some Suspition.

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Though I had heard Des Cartes’s opinion concerning the being of a God often questioned by Sober Men and noe enemies to his name. Yet I suspended my judgement of him till lately setting my self to examine his proof of a God I found that by it Senseless matter might be the first Eternall being and cause of all things as well as an immateriall intelligent Spirit. This joyned to his shutting out the Consideration s of finall Causes out of his philosophie and his labouring to invalidate all other proofs of a God but his own, does unval unavoidably draw upon him some Suspition.


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For Descartes’s proof of God see his Meditationes, Third Meditation, AT VII, pp. 34-52; see also Locke, Essay, IV.x.7, pp. 621-622: ‘How far the Idea of a most perfect Being, which a Man may frame in his Mind, does, or does not prove the Existence of a GOD, I will not here examine.’
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