Louis Cappel on the finitude of the world

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... Moreover we see that this World is corruptible almost in all its parts, which are in perpetual vicissitudes & changes of being and not being, which doth argue that it draweth towards its end, and that finally it will be dissolved, for the whole participates of the Nature of its parts, and cannot be contrary to them, now how can that have been from all Eternity, and without any Beginning, that draweth to an end, and that at last will come to it? For if hitherto it hath endured infinitely, it may do the same for the future, if it cannot last for the future, it is clearly evident that it cannot have been from all Eternity.

If then the World hath neither been, nor can be supposed to have existed from all Eternity, it hath necessarily had a Beginning, and since nothing can produce it self, we must conclude, That it hath been produced by some one that hath had no Beginning, but hath been from all Eternity, who is no other but God himself; otherwise we must affirm that this Architect of the world hath been produced by some other, and this also by another, and so to the infinite, which is grossly absurd. ...

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