Disputed Points of Theology

 
9780217464550: Disputed Points of Theology

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... It seems likely that the Arian controversy may have at least gradually produced a jealousy in guarding the truth of Christ's Deity that led to a reticence on a point of early Christian doctrine which, as was before observed, was in danger of being misunderstood and misinterpreted by the unlearned. Dr. Samuel Clarke, whose work entitled 'The Scripture Doctrine of the Trinity' is referred to by Gibbon, appears to have had a particular reason for restoring to prominence the doctrine that the Son was begotten by the will of the Almighty Father. Dr. S. Clarke, as is well known, entertained the grandest and sublimest ideas respecting the nature of the Deity--ideas which he is said to have based on a note, or scholium, respecting the nature of God, attached to Sir Isaac Newton's 'Principia V It is sufficient to observe that the result of Dr. Clarke's speculations was the establishment of the theory that Space and Duration are but properties of the Divine Nature. Probably, in these views we see the grandest and most complete idea of an Infinite Being which can be presented to the human mind. But Dr. Clarke, not content with these speculations, and confiding in his great metaphysical power, attempted to demonstrate the being of God2. In this attempt he is generally supposed to have failed. His metaphysical arguments being of a very abstruse and profound character, few persons were competent to analyse them. Bishop Butler, the author of the 'Analogy,' attempted to do so when he was still a young man; and the correspondence between Butler and Clarke, printed at the end of the two volumes of Butler's 1 Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, London, 1726, p. 528. In this scholium, or note, the following occurs: 'Durat semper, et adest ubique, et existendo sempe...

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