An Antidote Against Atheism,.
Bound in original calf with blind stamped and decorated borders; rebacked with raised bands, gilt. All edges maroon. Occasional stains and small holes in margins or blank pages, but otherwise a fine crisp clean copy. Early ink symbols in ink at top of original first free endpaper and early inscription 'John Miller' at top of dedication.
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Or, an appeal to the naturall faculties of the minde of man, whether there be not a god. by henry more fellow of christ colledge in cambridge. the second edition corrected and enlarged: with an appendix thereunto annexed.
an appendix to the late antidote against atheism. wherein is contained an answer to certain objections made against several passages therof.
8vo. 4.75 x 6.75 inches.  + 398 pp +  2 final contents leaves. Title page in red and black. Appendix has separate title page but register and pagination are continuous.
Writing in opposition to the materialist philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, More's arguments for the existence of God are based on the nature of the human mind and the evidence provided by natural phenomena: 'We might add also sundry Examples of living creatures, that not onely bear a singular good affection to Mankind, but are also fierce Enemies to those that are very hurtful and cruel to Man; and such are the Lizard, an Enemy to the Serpent; the Dolphin to the Crocodile; the Horse to the Bear; the Elephant to the Dragon, etc. but I list not to insist upon these things.' Henry More was born in Grantham and educated at Eton and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he spent the rest of his career as a Fellow (created 1641, also the year he was ordained and presented with a benefice near his home town). He was a member of the group known as the Cambridge Platonists and was also an admirer of Descartes. More reacted against his strict Calvinist upbringing and the doctrine of predestination, adopting a latitudinarian position. In spite of his tolerance, More retained a belief in witchcraft and his third chapter is devoted to this subject. The book is dedicated to Lady Conway (d.1679), his friend and patron. This second edition contains the additional hundred page appendix, answering the objections raised after the publication of the first edition in 1653. More also published numerous other writings on theology and philosophy and his collected works.
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