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Single Idea 6963

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique]

Full Idea

By this method of reasoning, you renounce all claim to infinity in any of the attributes of the deity. For the cause ought only to be proportioned to the effect, and the effect, so far as it falls under our cognizance, is not infinite.

Gist of Idea

Why would we infer an infinite creator from a finite creation?


David Hume (Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion [1751], Part 5)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' [Penguin], p.76