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CONTENTS

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,

VOL. 11.

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