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мимоходом [янв. 27, 2014|03:03 am]
Anatoly Vorobey
Одно из самых язвительных замечаний, что мне попадались на глаза:

"Никто не сомневался в существовании Бога, пока доктор Кларк не попытался доказать его".

Сказано мыслителем 18-го века Энтони Коллинзом, который критиковал другого философа, своего современника Сэмюела Кларка, и в частности попытки Кларка доказать существование Бога.

(P.S. Я проследил цитату к книге 1954-го года: Ronald N. Stromberg, Religious liberalism in eighteenth-century England, p. 10: "A rare flash of humour in the long debate came when the deist Anthony Collins remarked that nobody doubted the existence of God until Dr. Clarke strove to prove it.", но не ранее. Если кто-то может найти точный источник или более раннюю цитату, дайте мне знать)

[User Picture]From: vsopvs
2014-01-27 01:16 am
there was The Deist, Anthony Collins, said humorously that nobody doubted the existence of God until the Boyle lecturers undertook to prove it. in "The later periods of Quakerism", published before 1923.

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[User Picture]From: avva
2014-01-28 09:16 am
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From: l_hat
2014-01-30 02:27 pm
I'm pretty sure this is one of those "too good to be true" quotes. I can find nothing even vaguely resembling it in a Google Books search restricted to the 19th century; the 1810 Encyclopædia Britannica article on Collins (on this page, if Google will let you see it) presents a convincing portrait of his character (confirmed by other sources) that makes such snideness unlikely ("His curious library was open to all men of letters, to whom he readily communicated all the assistance in his power; he even furnished his antagonists with books to confute himself, and directed them how to give their arguments all the force of which they were capable. He was remarkably averse to all indecency and obscenity of discourse; and was, independent of his scepticism, a sincerely good man."), and the long article on Clarke has (on p. 178) a detailed account of the "existence of God" controversy that surely would have mentioned the remark had it been known (it says of Collins: "But this controversy did not stop here, for the celebrated Collins, coming in as a second to Dodwell, went much farther into the philosophy of the dispute, and indeed seemed to produce all that could possibly be said against the immateriality of the soul, as well as the liberty of human actions. This enlarged the scene of the dispute, into which our author entered, and wrote with such a spirit of clearness and demonstration, as at once showed him greatly superior to his adversaries in metaphysical and physical knowledge, and made every intelligent reader rejoice, that such an incident had happened to provoke and extort from him that plenty of strong reasoning and perspicuity of expression, which were indeed very much wanted upon this intricate and obscure subject."). I'm guessing some twentieth-century skeptic thought it up and put it in Collins' mouth, figuring nobody would examine the attribution too closely.
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