The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and Philosophy of Atheism is Confuted, and Its Impossibility Demonstrated, Volume 1

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Page 424 - And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
Page 303 - Saviour ; knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying ; Where is the promise of his coming ? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Page 210 - I conceive that nothing taketh beginning from itself, but from the action of some other immediate agent without itself. And that therefore, when first a man hath an appetite or will to something, to which immediately before he had no appetite nor will, the cause of his will, is not the will itself, but something else not in his own disposing ; so that whereas it is out of controversy, that of voluntary actions...
Page 338 - Nature is but an image or imitation of wisdom, the last thing of the soul ; Nature being a thing which doth only do, but not know.
Page 322 - Moreover it seems not so agreeable to reason neither, that nature, as a distinct thing from the Deity, should be quite superseded or made to signify nothing, God himself doing all things immediately and miraculously ; from whence it would follow also, that they are all done either forcibly and violently, or else artificially only, and none of them by any inward principle of their own.
Page 30 - He was much for liberty of conscience ; and being disgusted with the dry systematical way of those times, he studied to raise those who conversed with him to a nobler set of thoughts, and to consider religion as a seed of a deiform nature (to use one of his own phrases). In order to this, he set young students much on reading the ancient philosophers, chiefly Plato, Tully, and Plotin, and on considering the Christian religion as a doctrine sent from God, both to elevate and sweeten human nature,...
Page 21 - Cudworth, who has raised such strong objections against the being of a GOD, and Providence,* that many think he has not answered them.
Page 22 - You know the common fate of those who dare to appear fair authors. What was that pious and learned man's case who wrote The Intellectual System of the Universe^ I confess it was pleasant enough to consider that, though the whole world were no less satisfied with his capacity and learning than with his sincerity in the cause of deity, yet was he accused of giving the upper hand to the atheists for having only stated their reasons and those of their adversaries fairly together.
Page 63 - For we believe that to be true which some have affirmed, that were there any. interest of life, any concernment of appetite and passion, against the truth of geometrical theorems themselves, as of a triangle having three angles equal to two right, whereby men's judgments might be clouded and bribed, notwithstanding all the demonstrations of them, many would remain at least sceptical about them.
Page 186 - But they that venture to reason of His nature, from these attributes of honour, losing their understanding in the very first attempt, fall from one inconvenience into another, without end and without number; in the same manner as when a man ignorant of the ceremonies of court, coming into the presence of a greater person than he is used to speak to, and stumbling at his entrance, to save himself from falling, lets slip his cloak; to recover his cloak, lets fall his hat; and, with one disorder after...