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By Sir RICHARD BLACKMORE, Knt. M.D. AND Fellow OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
“ Principio cælum, ac terras campósque liquentes,
Lucentémque globum lunæ, Titaniáque astra “ Spiritus intus alit, totámque infusa per artus - Mens agitat molem, & magno se corpore miscet. “ Inde hominum, pecudúmque genus, vitæque volan:um. 5. Et quæ marmoreo fert monstra sub æquore pontus.”
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sense and learning, that the knowledge of a God, as well as some other felf-evident and uncontested no. tions, is born with us, and exists antecedent to any perception or operation of the mind. They express themselves on this subject in metaphorical terms, altogether unbecoming philosophical and judicious enqui-. ries, while they affert, that the knowledge of a God is interwoven with our conftitution, that it is written, engraven, stampt, and inprinted in clear and discernible characters on the heart; in which manner of speech they affect to follow the great orator of the Romans.
By these unartful phrases they can mean nothing hut this, that the proposition, THERE IS A God, is actually existent in the mind, as soon as the mind has its being; and is not at first acquired, though it may be afterwards confirmed, by any act of reason, by any argument or demonstration. I must confess
inability to conceive this inbred knowledge, these original independent ideas, that owe not their being to the operation of the understanding, but are, I know not lic., congenite and co-existent with it.