Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God, the Obligations of Natural Religion, and the Truth and Certainty of the Christian Revelatio

Author: Clarke, Samuel (1675-1729)

Samuel Clarke not only worked alongside Isaac Newton as a mathematician and physicist, but he also gave several important lectures in the field of philosophical theology. A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God argues for God’s existence in a similar fashion that one would argue for a mathematical principle. Scottish philosopher David Hume would later criticize Clarke’s argument and general approach to theological discourse. Although Hume’s critique is better known, Clarke’s original writing provides the reader a direct view into the theologian’s mind rather than through the filter of Hume’s commentary.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff