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1182arlikim= 0f the .Nature, Kilonledge, Will SECT. XII. of Scientia Media. 255. Fter this Digreffion about our Will and Powers as the objects of Gods Knowledgeand Decrees, I return to the Doctrine de Scientia Media. And that God knoweth from Eternity the truth of all conditional propofitions that are true, is pall all doubt, If we may fup- pofe that God had eternal propofitions. No doubt but he knoweth now that fuck propofitions are true [ if fuch caufes be put, they will or will not produce this or that as the efea.] z5 6. But if it be anImperfection to have ,mental propofitions to know by, and God knoweth not by them, but only knoweth them as the inftru- ments and way of humane knowledge, (For no doubt but heknoweth all that's ours, ) Then it muff be faid that he had from eternity,but the fore- knowledge of the Creaturesconditional propbfitions. And who can well determine this . 257. And this will lead the arrogant difputers to other enquiries no lefs difficult, Whether it be only or primarily the PropoRtion it Pelf as ens rationie humane or as the Thought Of mans mindwhich Godknoweth, or the res ab herniae cognita, that is, futurition itPelf And if the for- mer, HowGod knoweth them to be True ? If the latter, How he knoweth futurition ? 258. And here inextricable difficulties will {till arife before them, Whether to have the notion offuturity, be not a part of the Creatures imperfe lion'. Whether. God know not all things as prefent? Whether [Nothing] be properly Intelligible in it felf r Whether it be not only P.ropofttionsdenihila that are known, and not the ipfumnihil, ( fuch as fu- turition is?) Whether to afcribe fuchknowledge of [Nothing ] and fuch notions or propafitions to God, be to afcribe perfection or Ìmperfetttion to Itim 259. If we may or mutt fay thatGod frcm eternity fore-knew ourPra- .pofations of future contingents, which are Conditional, yet we mull not fay * sit. t'®rbe/us faith, or think that his knowledge quoad actum is conditional, do as that the Crea- cormmniter diftingairnr tures.ifate is the condition.of Gods Knowledge in it Pelf: But only that triplex ionic, Dei, viz. approb¢tionu, vi¡ona & the objeFl is a conditional propoftion, (peaking the Condition of the event tnttuigentim. cognitio eep- fore-known : From which Gods Alt is denominated conditional only dc- totuat7we eni tantum Bo- nor m : cognsrao- vifionis nominatione extrinfecá, not as an Act, but as Thu act. eftteornm quæfunt,fuerunt, a6o. We deny not but God may be faid as truly to know the truth of hypothetical erupt : cognttao oared- as of a e a Ifone be the ob1elt of his ligentia[eea fmplicis noti- yP b f lute propofitions P f t tin, eft omnenmquapoffant Knowledge, the other is : Which proveth the hypotheticalproppfition tobe effe. Hujafmodi autem tog- r nationeanondti1gnt fecun-. leJßperfetl than an obiclrste, but not Gods knowledge of it to be left' per- tan fe q fed fferundam di- fe¿l. ¡tinEïtonem connotatorum. 19. Nor doth Gods fore knowledge that Adamwill fn in.fuck eje- Et nt. s. d, g8. dub. g. good in ciamfaaces, make his underftanding depend on the Creature, but only nabis notitia fimplex to to be terminated onthe Creature as an object : And fo it doth in all notitia beaeplatiti d'.1 ,Acts where the Creature is the objelt: This objeltionthereforebelongeth diverf¢s cognitiones 5 dr l diverfos modos cognofcen- alto to the difpute, Whether God know any thing but himfelft or out of di A Deo astern himfelf t Ida rantmn eognitio eft. sed tll¢ ;ma fait Deus, 26x. The feigning God to have in himfelf fo many ails of know- quad ¡lia muhss. Et ledge, really di/linal, and to lye. in fach an order, is intolerable, feeing acne at una dapliciter. God is molt firn le. But by extrinfecal denomination, his Knowledge >fa h P Y may