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absurd actions ANTHONY COLLINS appearances argument asserters of Liberty assertors Atheists authority Bayle Bishop Bramhall's choose evil Christian Cicero circumstances Clarke Collins Collins's conceive consequence considered contend contrary death deliberation deny determined by pleasure discourse divine prescience doctrine of Necessity Dugald Stewart edition effect Epicurean Epicurus Essay evident evil as evil existence faculty fate forbear free agents free-will Freedom Freethinkers Freethought G. W. FOOTE happiness human ideas immorality imperfection impossible inconsistent J. M. WHEELER judging judgment Julius Caesar less Liberty and Necessity Liberty from Necessity Maizeaux Malebranche man's matter of experience mind motives nature neces necessarily determined necessary agents necessary causes Necessitarian notion of Liberty objects opinion perfection Pharisees philosophers pleasure and pain precede predestination propositions prove reason relation religion reprinted rewards and punishments Sadducees Samuel Clarke says Secondly sect seems sense sophism supposed theologers Thirty-Nine Articles thought treatise true truth virtue wherein whereof write
Page 59 - I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and wound up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.
Page 35 - Temples have their sacred images, and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind. But in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them, and to these they all universally pay a ready submission.
Page 47 - A second reason to prove man a necessary agent is, because all his actions have a beginning: for, whatever has a beginning must have a cause; and every cause is a necessary cause.
Page 65 - For instance, suppose the law on pain of death prohibit stealing, and that there be a man, who by the strength of temptation is necessitated to steal, and is thereupon put to death, does not this punishment deter others from theft? Is it not a cause that others steal not? Doth it not frame and make their wills to justice? To make the law, is therefore to make a cause of justice, and to necessitate justice, and consequently it is no injustice to make such a law.
Page 10 - He assigns as grounds for his religious belief, stories as absurd as that of the Cock-Lane ghost, and forgeries as rank as Ireland's ' Vortigern ;' puts faith in the lie about the thundering legion ; is convinced that Tiberius moved the senate to admit Jesus among, the gods ; and pronounces the letter of Agbarus King of Edessa to be a record of great authority.
Page 19 - First, though I deny liberty in a certain meaning of that word, yet I contend for liberty, as it signifies a power in man to do as he wills or pleases.
Page 19 - Secondly, When I affirm necessity, I contend only for moral necessity ; meaning thereby, that man, who is an intelligent and sensible being, is determined by his reason and his senses ; and I deny man to be subject to such necessity, as is in elocks, watehes, and such other beings, which, for want of sensation and intelligence, are subject to an absolute, physical, or mechanical necessity.
Page 8 - The church hath power to decree rites and ceremonies, and authority in controversies of faith...