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same Notion Estibius has grafted on the Christian Religion, he has these remarkable Lines.
Nee, si materian nostrum conlegerit œtas,
Poft obitum, rurfumque redegerit, _
Ut sit a nunc est: Natura Lib. 3.
Atque iterum Nobis fuerint data
Lumina vitæ, Pertineat quicquam tauten ad nos id quoque
fa&um, Interrupta semel cum Jit retinentia Nostri. Et nunc nil ad nos, de nobis attinet, ante £>uifuimus 5 nee jam de Mis nos ajjlcit angor, §>uos de materia v.ostra nova proferat JUtas.
English'd by Mr. Creech,
Nay, grant the scatter d Ashes of our Urn
Be joyn'd again, and Life and Sense return 5
Yet how can that concern Us, when 'tis done,
Since all the Memory ofpast Life is gone?
Now we ne'er joy, nor grieve, to thinks what _
Were heretofore, nor what those things will
Which front d from Us, the following Age shall fee.
Now if the fame Person that reads Second Thoughts, shou'd read Lucretius too, as
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'tis not improbable he may, and is convinc'd by the former, I am very apt to think he will clap together Eftibius's Principle, and Lucretius's Consequence ; for a Man is not setled till Principles and Consequences agree, and his Notions lie quiet, and consistently in his Mind; but we see Lucretius is not willing, and I am confident Eslibius is not able to part these two.
And now I need not dwell upon the horrid Consequences, that attend this Notion, when made Christian. It makes God create, in the future State, sinners as such 5 who receive their polluted Souls immediately from his pure Hands 5 and having once taken away their Being, according to this Dočtrine, he creates them on purpose to be miserable. And therefore once more I call upon Eftibiur, either to quit the Premisles, or stand by the Conclusion 5 and I hope he will deal fairly, in this important Controversy, with himself and the World; for it is a Subjećt, upon which so long as he is free to publish his Thoughts, he cannot expećt to keep secret his Design.
SECT. I. Some Terms intended to be us*d ex-
plained, p. i. viz. Substance, p. 2. Attribute,
ibid. Property, ibid. Mode, p. 3. H. Soul, ibid.
SECT. H. What fort of Proof' U to be expens-
ed, and insisted upon, p. 4. 1st, Not Sensible, p. ?.
2dly, Not Mathematical, or Geometrical, ibid.
3dly, Not such as will leave no Hesitation or Scru-
ple with most Readers, ibid. And yet may be valid
and conclusive, p. 6. 4thly, The Proof upon thk
SubjeU must proceed inthe Analytic Method, with
the validity of that Method, ibid. 5thly, Tho it
does not lead to a full comprehension of the Cause,
yet it fully concludes for the Existence of it, p. 7.
Lastly, The Necessity of recurring to a Principle
for the Solution of some Phænominon, in what
Cafe a good Establiflment of that Principle.
SECT. III. Of Immaterial Substance in ge-
neral. 1st, Substance proved to be as self,evident
as any other simple Idea, and a real Principle
notwithstanding Mr. Us deriding it, p. 8. Acknow-
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ledgdby Spinoza, p. 9. How ivc may be said to
know something ^/Substance, ibid. That a Dif-
ference in Accidents inferrs a Difference in their
Substances, p. 10. 2dly, Immaterial Substance,
the Existence of it proved from these Two Princi-
ples, 1 ft, That something wan from Eternity, p,
J I. 2dly, That Motioti was communicated to
Matter, p. 12. finite Immaterial Substance no
impossibility, p. 13.
SECT. IV. Of Extension and Cogitation, as
the Attributes of Body and Mind, and how far
their different Ideas argue different Substances,
p. 14. No connexion between Thought and Ex-
tension, p. ]$. Granted by Spinoza, ibid. What
fort of difference of Attributes does not, ibid, and:
what does prove different Substances, p. 16. No
third Thing, Substance or Attribute, to connetl
Extension and Thought, ibid. Scruple of their
being connected in Faff remold, p. 17. Our Me-
thod of Enquiry truly Philosophical, p.-18. Spi-
noza'j Distribution of Things into Corpora & Co-
gitandi modos, illogical and unphilosophical. ibid.
Spinoza betrays his own Cause, p. 19. Mr. L'x
Obj. that 'tfi pojsible Omnipotence may have made
Matter think, answered, as far as relates to the
Point in Hand, p. 20.
SECT. V. Of the Repugnancy in our Ideas,
between. Cogitation and Extension, and how far this
proves an Immaterial Substance in Human Nature^
p. 2 3. This a plain consequence of what went be-
fore, ibid. Reasons why Men do not easily appre-
hend this Repugnancy, 1st, finding these two
United in their own Nature, ibid. 2dly, Experi-
encing that corporeal Motion produces Thought in
them, p. 24. 3cUy, Confounding Motion and
Thought, ibid. This Repugnancy (these FrejuAi,-
ces removed) apparent, p. 25. Mr. \Js Refuge to
Omnipotence considered again, the Absurdity os it
shewn, ibid. The mischievous consequence ps it
made appear, p. 26. In leading to Scepticism, p.
27. Or leaving nothing certain but this, that God
may have deceived us, p. 28.
SECT. VI. Of Cogitation, at in Man, requi-
ring an Immaterial Substance, p. 29. This proved
from our Sensations, without insisting on the pure
Intelleil or Imagination, p. 30. That our idea os
Thought is a real Idea, and as well known a* in-
tuitive Knowledge can make it, in Opposition to
Mr. L. p. 31, and as perfetfly known to us as our
Idea of Extension, p. 3 2. The Inflames of heat
and Pain compared, ibid. This not solvable mecha-
nically, p. 33. But very accountable upon the sup-
position os an Immaterial Substance^ ibid.
SECT. VII. Of. Physically extended Sub-
stance , 'as in its Nature utterly incapable of
Thought, p. 34. Matter indifferent to Motion
or Reft, p. 35. This discovers the Passive Nature
of it, even to Demonstration, p. 36. Axioms of
two sorts distinguish d, ibid, and apply* d to this
Argument, p. 37. Matter incapable of Spontane-
ous Motion, p. 38. Matter incapable of Thought
by its Divisibility, p. 39. Atoms, properly speak-
ing, impossible, ibid. The Nature of Body exa-
mined according to the Dotlrine of Atoms, or mi-
nima Physica, p. 40. And proved incapable of
Thought, ibid. Whether as lodged in one, or mere
of them,, p. 41. Corporealists that hold no such
minima Physica, yet chargeable with the fame Ab-
surdities^ p» 44.
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