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Immateriality of the Soul
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CO N TENTS.
Hril Ata resistance to any change of its
<n present state is e/Jential to matter, and
inconsistent with any active sower in it,
the consequences of the want of active powers in matter, viz. that all those effects commonly ascribed to certain natural powers residing in matter are immediately produced by the power os an immaterial Being. Hence a constant and universal Providence in the material world, extending to the minutest things. Hence the necejstty of an immaterial Mover in all spontaneous motions, &c.
the natural immortality of the foul shewn from its being a stmple or uncompounded substance-, what this immortality imports.
that the foul after death is not in a state of insensibility', torpor, or deadness; but must still remain an active living being, when separated from the body. The controversy between Mr. Locke, and his adversaries considered, whether the foul thinks always, &c. 248
'she several arguments against the immateriality of the foul, urged by Lucretius and others, examined, and shewn fallacious, as applying the equivocal symptoms of a disordered organ in a state of union to the foul itself. 355
Nature of the Human SouL SECT. I.
That a resistance to any change of its present state is essential to matter,, and inconsistent with any aElive power in it.
BY the foul we understand that which is active and percipient in us, be it what it will (a): its activity appears in moving the body, and in the command it hath over its own thoughts j its perceptivity, in being sensible of the action of matfa^ These are the unconteste<f properties of the soul, whatever be the substance of it j whether material, or immaterial: and this description mail be always kept in view throughout these papers.
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