On the Whole Doctrine of Final Causes: A Dissertation in Three Parts, with an Introductory Chapter on the Character of Modern Deism

Rivington, 1836 - 230 páginas

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Página 140 - It is a happy world after all. The air, the earth, the water, teem with delighted existence. In a spring noon, or a summer evening, on whichever side I turn my eyes, myriads of happy beings crowd upon my view. " The insect youth are on the wing.
Página 144 - Trinité, ou l'immortalité de l'âme, ni aucune des choses de cette nature; non seulement parce que je ne me sentirais pas assez fort pour trouver dans la nature de quoi convaincre des athées endurcis, mais encore parce que cette connaissance, sans Jésus-Christ, est inutile et stérile.
Página 7 - Which was the echo of three thousand years; And the tumultuous world stood mute to hear it As some lone man who in a desert hears The music of his home...
Página 148 - He looks abroad into the varied field Of nature, and though poor perhaps, compared With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Calls the delightful scenery all his own. His are the mountains, and the valleys his, And the resplendent rivers ; his to enjoy With a propriety that none can feel. But who with filial confidence inspired Can lift to heaven an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say — My Father made them all.
Página 214 - In short, understanding in its highest form of experience remains commensurate with the experimental notices of the senses from which it is generalized. Reason, on the other hand, cither predetermines experience, or avails itself of a past experience to supersede its necessity in all future time ; and affirms truths which no sense could perceive, nor experiment verify, nor experience confirm.
Página 161 - Thy creatures have been my books, but thy Scriptures much more. I have sought thee in the courts, fields, and gardens ; but I have found thee in thy temples.
Página 120 - God, who searcheth the hearts and trieth the reins of the children of men ! John iv.
Página 106 - ... review and comparison of the nature of man as respecting self, and as respecting society, it will plainly appear that there are as real and the same kind of indications in human nature, that we were made for society and to do good to our fellow-creatures, as...
Página 60 - I sometimes use the word cause, in this inquiry, to signify any antecedent, either natural or moral, positive or negative, on which an event, either a thing, or the manner and circumstance of a thing, so depends, that it is the ground and reason, either in whole or in part, why it is, rather than. not...
Página 35 - Accordingly we proceed a step farther, and assert, thirdly, that it is a vain and ignorant thing to suppose that Natural Theology is not necessary to the support of Revelation. The latter may be untrue, though the former be admitted. It may be proved, or allowed, that there is a God, though it be denied• that he sent any message to man, through men or other intermediate agents...

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