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Manuscript held by G. W. Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanover
Shelfmark LH 1, 1, 2 Bl. 23r



Date: early 1707 - May 1708 (?)

Translated from the French



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LETTER ON THE DIFFICULTIES SPARKED BY REASON WITH REGARD TO THE COMPATIBILITY OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD WITH EVIL


This piece is an abandoned attempt at starting the preface of the Theodicy. After deleting this text, the manuscript continues with material that eventually became part of the preface (see G VI 39ff/H62).


[LH 1, 1, 2 Bl. 23r]

Letter on the difficulties sparked by reason
with regard to the compatibility of the attributes of God with evil

     Sir, You remember that I often had the honour to converse with a great princess1 on some entries of Mr Bayle's Dictionary which tended to show the conflict of reason and religion. He made it known that his intention was to silence reason after having made it speak, and he made the triumph of faith consist in that. I indicated that I was not of his opinion, but that I was nonetheless delighted that such a great genius had given occasion to go further into matters which are as important as they are difficult. I admit that I have also examined them since my early youth. I had resolved more than once to put my thoughts in writing, for this incomparable princess exhorted me to do it.





NOTES:

1. Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia (1668-1705).


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