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BEING AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD,
OBLIGATIONS OF NATURAL RELIGION,
Truth and Certainty
IN ANSWER TO MR HOBBES, SPINOZA, THE AUTHOR OF THE
ORACLES OF REASON, AND OTHER DENIERS OF
NATURAL AND REVEALED RELIGION,
BEING SIXTEEN SERMONS PREACHED IN THE CATHEDRAL-CHURCH OF ST. PAUL,
IN THE YEARS 1704–5, AT THE LECTURE FOUNDED BY
THE HON. ROBERT BOYLE, ESQ.
WITH SUPPLEMENTARY MATTER.
BY SAMUEL CLARKE, D.D.
Late Rector of St James's, Westminster.
A NEW EDITION.
C. SHARPE & son, AND R. BAYNES, LONDON ; E. WEST & co. AND
MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, AND PRIMATE OF ALL
SIR HENRY ASHURST, BARONET;
SIR JOHN ROTHERAM, KNIGHT, SERGEANT AT LAW;
JOHN EVELIN, ESQ.
TRUSTEES APPOINTED BY THE HONOURABLE ROBERT BOYLE, ESQ.
IS HUMBLY DEDICATED.
THERE being already published many and good books to prove the Being and Attributes of God, I have chosen to contract what was requisite for me to say upon this subject, into as narrow a compass, and to express what I had to offer, in as few words as I could with perspicuity. For which reason I have also confined myself to one only method or continued thread of arguing, which I have endeavoured should be as near to mathematical as the nature of such a discourse would allow ; omitting some other arguments which I could not discern to be so evidently conclusive; because it seems not to be at any time for the real advantage of truth to use arguments in its behalf founded only on such hypotheses as the adversaries apprehend they cannot be compelled to grant : Yet I have not
business to oppose any of those arguments, because I think it is not the best way
made it my