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A45638 The atheistical objections against the being of a God and his attributes fairly considered and fully refuted in eight sermons, preach'd in the cathedral-church of St. Paul, London, 1698 : being the seventh year of the lecture founded by the Honourable Robert Boyle, Esq. / by John Harris ... Harris, John, 1667?-1719. 1698 (1698) Wing H845; ESTC R15119 126,348 235

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god_n neither_o from_o fear_n nor_o policy_n the_o atheist_n objection_n against_o the_o immaterial_a nature_n of_o god_n and_o incorporeal_a substance_n refute_v a_o refutation_n of_o the_o objection_n against_o the_o attribute_n of_o god_n in_o general_n in_o six_o sermon_n preach_v at_o the_o cathedral_n church_n of_o st._n paul_n 1698._o be_v the_o first_o six_o of_o the_o lecture_n for_o that_o year_n found_v by_o the_o honourable_a robert_n boyle_n esq_n by_o john_n harris_n m._n a._n and_o fellow_n of_o the_o royal_a society_n dr._n payne_n discourse_n on_o several_a practical_a subject_n in_o octavo_n dr._n abbadie_n vindication_n of_o the_o christian_a religion_n in_o two_o part_n in_o octavo_n a_o serious_a proposal_n to_o the_o lady_n in_o two_o part_n in_o twelves_o letter_n concern_v the_o love_n of_o god_n between_o the_o author_n of_o the_o proposal_n to_o the_o lady_n and_o mr._n norris_n a_o treatise_n of_o the_o asthma_n divide_v into_o four_o part_n in_o the_o 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necessary_a to_o discourse_n particular_o but_o from_o thence_o take_v a_o occasion_n to_o remove_v two_o great_a bar_n to_o the_o true_a knowledge_n of_o god_n and_o of_o his_o attribute_n which_o sceptical_a and_o unbelieving_a man_n have_v raise_v in_o the_o way_n which_o be_v these_o i._o that_o there_o be_v in_o reality_n no_o such_o thing_n as_o moral_a good_a or_o evil_a but_o that_o all_o action_n be_v in_o their_o own_o nature_n indifferent_a ii_o that_o all_o thing_n be_v determine_v by_o absolute_a fatality_n and_o that_o god_n himself_o and_o all_o creature_n whatsoever_o be_v necessary_a agent_n without_o have_v any_o power_n of_o choice_n or_o any_o real_a liberty_n in_o their_o nature_n at_o all_o the_o former_a of_o these_o i_o do_v then_o dispatch_v plain_o prove_v the_o existence_n of_o moral_a good_a and_o evil_a and_o answer_v the_o objection_n against_o it_o i_o proceed_v now_o to_o speak_v to_o the_o latter_a which_o be_v a_o objection_n that_o our_o adversary_n 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atheistical_a writer_n be_v very_o plain_a mr._n hobbs_n declare_v himself_o to_o be_v of_o the_o opinion_n 297._o that_o no_o man_n can_v be_v free_a from_o necessitation_n that_o nothing_o take_v beginning_n from_o itself_o but_o from_o the_o action_n of_o some_o other_o immediate_a agent_n without_o itself_o and_o that_o therefore_o when_o first_o a_o man_n have_v a_o appetite_n or_o will_n to_o something_o to_o which_o immediate_o before_o he_o have_v no_o appetite_n nor_o will_n the_o cause_n of_o his_o will_n be_v not_o the_o will_n itself_o but_o something_o else_o not_o in_o his_o own_o dispose_n so_o that_o whereas_o it_o be_v out_o of_o controversy_n that_o of_o voluntary_a action_n the_o will_n be_v the_o necessary_a cause_n and_o by_o this_o which_o be_v say_v the_o will_n be_v also_o cause_v by_o other_o thing_n whereof_o it_o dispose_v not_o it_o follow_v that_o voluntary_a action_n have_v all_o of_o they_o necessary_a cause_n and_o therefore_o be_v necessitate_v 312._o this_o say_v he_o also_o be_v a_o certain_a truth_n that_o there_o be_v certain_a and_o necessary_a cause_n which_o make_v every_o man_n to_o will_v what_o he_o will_v ib._n p._n 306._o and_o then_o as_o to_o the_o deity_n i_o have_v already_o more_o than_o once_o take_v notice_n that_o hobbs_n deny_v he_o any_o understanding_n sense_n or_o knowledge_n 5._o and_o assert_n he_o to_o be_v without_o any_o end_n or_o design_n in_o his_o action_n and_o operation_n which_o plain_o make_v he_o a_o agent_n absolute_o and_o physical_o necessary_a as_o indeed_o follow_v also_o from_o the_o notion_n of_o his_o be_v corporeal_a which_o the_o same_o writer_n every_o where_o maintain_v 49._o spinoza_n also_o be_v very_o express_v in_o this_o matter_n as_o i_o have_v already_o show_v 51._o in_o some_o measure_n in_o ment_fw-la say_v he_o nulla_fw-la est_fw-la absoluta_fw-la sive_fw-la libera_fw-la voluntas_fw-la sed_fw-la mens_fw-la ad_fw-la hoc_fw-la vel_fw-la illud_fw-la volendum_fw-la determinatur_fw-la à_fw-la causâ_fw-la quae_fw-la etiam_fw-la ab_fw-la aliâ_fw-la &_o haec_fw-la iterùm_fw-la ab_fw-la aliâ_fw-la &_o sic_fw-la in_o infinitum_fw-la 85._o and_o in_o another_o place_n voluntas_fw-la non_fw-la potest_fw-la vocari_fw-la causa_fw-la libera_fw-la sed_fw-la tantum_n necessaria_fw-la 28._o and_o yet_o on_o another_o occasion_n and_o in_o another_o book_n he_o have_v these_o word_n clarè_v &_o distinctè_fw-la intelligimus_fw-la si_fw-la ad_fw-la nostram_fw-la naturam_fw-la attendamus_fw-la nos_fw-la in_o nostris_fw-la actionibus_fw-la esse_fw-la liberos_fw-la &_o de_fw-fr multis_fw-la deliberare_fw-la propter_fw-la id_fw-la solum_fw-la quod_fw-la volumus_fw-la 103._o which_o be_v as_o plain_a and_o palpable_a a_o contradiction_n to_o what_o he_o with_o the_o same_o air_n of_o assurance_n deliver_v in_o other_o place_n as_o can_v possible_o be_v mr._n hobbs_n also_o can_v be_v acquit_v from_o express_o contradict_v himself_o as_o to_o this_o point_n of_o liberty_n and_o necessity_n for_o he_o tell_v we_o
divine_a and_o almighty_a be_v universal_o impress_v upon_o the_o mind_n of_o man_n as_o no_o doubt_n but_o there_o be_v this_o i_o say_v be_v a_o very_a convince_a argument_n that_o such_o a_o belief_n have_v a_o good_a foundation_n in_o the_o nature_n of_o the_o thing_n and_o consequent_o have_v truth_n at_o the_o bottom_n and_o therefore_o it_o be_v plain_a that_o these_o man_n do_v not_o invent_v but_o find_v this_o notion_n and_o belief_n actual_o exist_v by_o a_o kind_n of_o anticipation_n in_o the_o heart_n of_o all_o mankind_n and_o that_o they_o can_v not_o possible_o invent_v it_o have_v there_o be_v no_o ground_n nor_o reason_n for_o such_o a_o belief_n i_o shall_v plain_o prove_v by_o and_o by_o but_o again_o that_o the_o notion_n of_o a_o god_n do_v not_o arise_v only_o from_o fear_n be_v plain_a from_o hence_o that_o mankind_n have_v get_v a_o idea_n of_o he_o that_o can_v never_o proceed_v only_o from_o that_o passion_n if_o fear_v only_o be_v to_o make_v a_o god_n it_o will_v compose_v he_o of_o nothing_o but_o black_a and_o terrible_a idea_n it_o will_v represent_v he_o to_o be_v 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d 〈◊〉_d all_o envious_a and_o spiteful_a a_o grim_a angry_a and_o vindicative_a be_v one_o that_o delight_v in_o nothing_o but_o to_o exercise_v his_o tyrannical_a power_n and_o cruelty_n upon_o mankind_n we_o shall_v then_o believe_v he_o to_o be_v such_o a_o power_n as_o the_o indian_n do_v their_o evil_a god_n and_o we_o do_v the_o devil_n a_o mischievous_a and_o bloody_a deity_n that_o be_v the_o author_n of_o nothing_o but_o evil_a and_o misery_n in_o the_o world_n for_o these_o must_v be_v the_o dreadful_a attribute_n of_o a_o be_v which_o fear_v only_o will_v create_v and_o set_v up_o in_o our_o heart_n but_o now_o instead_o of_o this_o we_o find_v a_o quite_o different_a notion_n of_o god_n in_o the_o world_n we_o just_o believe_v he_o to_o be_v a_o most_o kind_a love_v and_o gracious_a be_v and_o who_o mercy_n be_v over_o all_o his_o work_n 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