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Yes, you are probably right in that Gassendi was one of many who wanted Aristotle to play a less prominent role in the thought of his day.

But, as far as Galileo is concerned, isn't Gassendi the first Christian (that is the first priest) to support him? I don't know, maybe Bacon did as well.

And, yes, Gassendi did believe in a finite number of atoms created by God. The soul however was immaterial and immortal. But, he is hardly unique in this aspect.

LS Joy has a book on Gassendi that I have browsed through, Gassendi the Atomist, which is interesting though boring.

My knowledge of him is somewhat limited, and perhaps one sided, due to my Christian upbringing. I'm pretty certain that he wasn't an atheist, but that he merely believed that Galileo's science did not preclude the existence of God.

Anyway, he is rather obscure, leading me to believe that perhaps you are a priest or a philosophy major?
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