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Chapter IV.PYTHAGORAS [and Plato], with the Stoics, affirm that the world was framed by God, and being corporeal is obvious [p. 134] to the senses, and in its own nature is obnoxious to destruction; but it shall never perish, it being preserved by the providence of God. Epicurus, that the world had a beginning, and so shall have an end, as plants and animals have. Xenophanes, that the world never had a beginning, is eternal and incorruptible. Aristotle, that the part of the world which is sublunary is obnoxious to change, and there terrestrial beings find a decay.
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