12. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion" Hume

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“Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion” David Hume Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Summary The  Dialogues  are a series of discussions about the rationality of  religious belief between the fictional characters Cleanthes, Philo, and  Demea.  Demea represents religious dogmatism and insists that we  cannot come to know the nature of God through  reason .   Philo,  the philosophical skeptic, agrees with Demea that God is  incomprehensible but insists that he might be morally corrupt.  Cleanthes argues that we can know about God by reasoning from  the evidence we find in nature. Demea argues that although God clearly exists, we cannot know his  nature, because God’s nature is beyond the capacity of human  understanding. Philo seems to agree with him. Demea goes on to  explain that God is the First Cause, meaning that the world operates  on a system of cause and effect, so there must be an original cause to  have started the world in motion, and that First Cause is God. But this  still tells us nothing about God’s nature, which Cleanthes insists we  can learn by examining nature. Cleanthes states that the only rational  argument for God’s existence is one based on experience. The design 
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