Chap. I.—Of the Divine Providence.
First a question arises: Whether there is any providence which made or governs the world? That there is, no one doubts, since
of almost all the philosophers, except the school of Epicurus, there is but one voice and one opinion, that the world could not have been made without a contriver, and that it cannot
exist without a ruler. Therefore Epicurus is refuted not only by the most learned men, but also by the testimonies and perceptions of all mortals. For who can doubt
respecting a providence, when he sees that the heavens and the earth have been so arranged and that all things have been so
regulated, that they might be most befittingly adapted, not only to wonderful beauty and adornment, but also to the use of
men, and the convenience of the other living creatures? That, therefore, which exists in accordance with a plan, cannot have
had its beginning without a plan: thus14481448
it is certain that there is a providence.