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CONTENTS

OF

VOL. II.

BOOK III.

CHA P. II.

Of the Origin of the Universe.

I. The Necessity of the Belief of the Creation of the World, in order

to the Truth of Religion. Of the several Hypotheses of the Philo-
sophers who contradict Moses : with a particular Examination
of them. II. The ancient Tradition of the World consonant to
Moses ; proved from the Ionic philosophy of Thales, and the
Italic of Pythagoras. III. The Pythagoric Cabala rather
Egyptian than Mosaic. Of the Auid Matter, which was the
material Principle of the Universe. IV. Of the Hypothesis of the
Eternity of the World, asserted by Ocellus Lucanus and Ari-
stotle. V. The Weakness of the Foundations on which that Opi-
nion is built. Of the Manner of forming Principles of Philosophy.
VI. The Possibility of Creation proved. [No arguing from the
present State of the World against its Beginning, shewed from
Maimonides.] VII. The Platonists’ Arguments, from the Good-
ness of God for the Eternity of the World, answered. VIII. Of
the Stoical Hypothesis of the Eternity of Matter ; whether re-
concileable with the Text of Moses. IX. Of the Opinions of
Plato and Pythagoras concerning the Preexistence of Matter
to the Formation of the World. X. The Contradiction of the
Eternity of Matter to the Nature and Attributes of God. XI,
XII, XIII. Of the Atomical Hypothesis of the Origin of the Uni-
verse. XIV, XV, XVI, XVII. The World could not be pro-
duced by a casual Concourse of Atoms, proved from the Nature
and Motion of Epicurus's Atoms, and the Phænomena of the Uni-
verse; especially the Production and Nature of Animals. XVIII.
of the Cartesian Hypothesis, that it cannot salve the Origin of the
Universe without a Deity giving Motion to Matter, Page 1

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