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George Berkeley. Wisdom of God Foolishness to. Reason no blind Guide. Usefulness of Divine Revelation. The Universities censured. Divine Writings of a certain modern Critic.
Freethinkers mistake their Talents have a strong Ima gination. Distribution of Mankind into Birds Beasts and Fishes. Plea for Reason allowed but Unfairness taxed.
Freedom a Blessing or a Curse as it is used. The Prejudice and twofold Aspect of a Minute Philo sopher. Learning the EffeS of Religion. Barbarism of the Schools. Their Pretensions and Conduit inconjisknt. Men and Brutes compared with respetl to Religion. Christianity the only Means to establish Natural Religion.
Priestcraft not the reigning Evil. Is not my word like as a fire? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words, every one from his neighbour. He is as Aristotle expresseth it at variance with himself. He is neither brute enough to enjoy his appetites, nor man enough to govern them.
And, to intimidate those who might otherwise be drawn into crimes by the prospect of pleasure and profit, he gives them to understand that whoever escapes punishment in this life will be sure to find it in the next; and that so heavy and lasting as infinitely to overbalance the pleasure and profit accruing from his crimes.
Hence, the belief of a God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government. And, to the Something there is in our climate and complexion, that makes idleness nowhere so much its own punishment as in England, where an uneducated fine gentleman pays for his momentary pleasures, with long and cruel intervals of spleen When one of this stamp presents himself, we should consider what species he is of: whether a first or a second-hand philosopher, a libertine, scorner, or sceptic?
Berkeley's Alciphron. English Text and Essays in Interpretation
Alciphron , or The Minute Philosopher is an philosophical dialogue by the 18th-century Irish philosopher George Berkeley wherein Berkeley combated the arguments of free-thinkers such as Mandeville and Shaftesbury against the Christian religion. It was first published in The dialogue is primarily between four characters, the free-thinkers Alciphron and Lysicles, Berkeley's spokesman Euphranor, and Crito, who serves as a spokesman for traditional Christianity. The mostly-silent narrator of the dialogue is given the name Dion. In a later work, The Theory of Vision Vindicated and Explained first published in , Berkeley adduced the work of Alberto Radicati as evidence that the views advocated by the character Lysicles were not overly exaggerated para. The work expressed Berkeley's opposition to Catholicism.
Alciphron; or, The Minute Philosopher