Green and Grose, which has been followed in this matter, it gives the many classical references in full, and according to the standard texts. You have often told me of this man’s moral virtues.
It is the one of his works which most explicitly asserts his Deism; but on account of its rationalistic treatment of concrete religion in general, which only nominally spared Christianity, it was that which first brought upon him much theological odium in England. He is establishing Atheism; and in one single line of a long essay professes to believe Christianity. The publisher being undeterred, other steps were taken.
The pugnacious Warburton saw a copy before publication, and wrote to Millar, who was Hume’s publisher as well as his own, urging its suppression. Of the reception of “The Natural History of Religion”, Hume says in “My Own Life”: “Its first entry was rather obscure, except only that Dr.
Butler had died in 1752; and, in the words of Buckle’s note-book, “in ecclesiastical literature the most prominent names were Warburton, the bully, and Hurd, the sneak”; which twain had, in the fashion above-noted, sought as was their wont “to labor together in a joint work to do a little good”, as Warburton phrased it.
The “Remarks” on Hume’s work published in the following year by “S.
He indicated a readiness to discuss the “principal topics of my philosophy” with Warburton; but thought the “Remarks” not worth answering; as they certainly were not.
Warburton, of course, was incapable of efficient controversy with Hume on philosophical questions; and indeed it would be impossible to point to any Englishman of that period who was properly qualified for such a task.Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is a philosophical work written by the Scot David Hume.Through dialogue, three fictional characters named Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes debate the nature of God's existence.Subsequently, each character provides a response to the problem of evil presented in the universe respective to his argument for the nature of God.These three characters, Philo, Cleanthes, and Demea, are all unique and maintain different motivations for their reasoning.To every independent student, however, the mutilation of a text in the interests of orthodoxy is an intolerable presumption; and for such students the present issue is intended.Thanks to the careful edition of Hume’s works by Messrs.While all three agree that a god exists, they differ sharply in opinion on god's nature or attributes and how, or if, mankind can come to knowledge of a diety.Hume started writing the Dialogues in 1750 but did not complete them until 1776, shortly before his death.“Sir”, he characteristically begins, “I suppose you would be glad to know what sort of book it is which you are to publish with Hume’s name and yours to it. Hurd wrote a pamphlet against it, with all the illiberal petulance, arrogance, and scurrility, which distinguish the Warburtonian school.This pamphlet gave me some consolation for the otherwise indifferent reception of my performance.” On this Hurd, with theological accuracy, writes: “He was much hurt, and no wonder, by so lively an attack upon him, and could not help confessing it in what he calls his ‘Own Life’ ”.