Boyle Papers Volume 2
Extent: 202 folios
Date: Late 17th century
Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Theology
Physical description: Manuscript
Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 98v-99r, 202v [final page]
Between fols. 123 and 124 a slip of paper is bound in, called here '123X'; there is a fol. 147X as well as 147
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Fols. 1-37 (37 leaves): Response to atheist arguments, especially Epicurean atomism.
Fols. 38-44 (7 leaves): MS version of part of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 45-7 (3 leaves): MS version of part of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 48-57 (10 leaves): MS version of parts of Reason and Religion and Christ. Virt., I, Appendix.
Fols. 58-65 (8 leaves): Various arguments against atheists and in favour of God's existence.
Fols. 66-71 (6 leaves): MS version of conclusion of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 72-5 (4 leaves): MS version of part of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 76-7 (2 leaves): Cover sheet and list of contents for 'the little Tract about Atheism'.
Fols. 78-92 (15 leaves): Erroneous doctrine and atheists' mistakes as impediments to belief.
Fols. 93-7 (5 leaves): MS version of part of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 98-9 (2 leaves): Section of text and cover sheet.
Fols. 100-10 (11 leaves): Reply to argument that incorporeal things cannot effect corporeal ones, also commenting on mistakes and personal failings of atheists.
Fols. 111-27 (18 leaves): MS version of part of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 128-38 (11 leaves): MS version of parts of Reason and Religion.
Fols. 139-40 (2 leaves): Adviseability of attending to future state.
Fols. 141-2 (2 leaves): Fragment of Boyle's 'Essay on Spontaneous Generation'.
Fols. 143-51 (9 leaves): 'Notes belonging to the Causes of Atheisme'.
Fols. 152-85 (34 leaves): Protestant polemic against Catholic practices.
Fol. 186 (1 leaf): [Workdiary 5, part 1].
Fols. 187-9 (3 leaves): Material relating to Notion of Nature.
Fol. 190 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Notion of Nature.
Fols. 191-8 (8 leaves): 'Introductio ad soluta theologica nostra Adversaria', 'Introduction to my Loose Notes Theological'.
Fols. 199-202 (4 leaves): MS version of part of Christ. Virt., I.