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Page 103 - E concludes his treatife de mundo, -" with obferving, that " to treat of the world without faying any thing of its Author would be impious;" as there is nothing we meet with more frequently and conftantly in nature, than the traces of an All.governing Deity.
Page 114 - ... was formed without fkill in that fcience ; or that the ear was formed without the knowledge of founds ; or that the male and female in animals were not formed for each other, and for continuing the fpecies. All our accounts of nature are full of inftances of this kind.
Page 106 - It is not right to exalt the Deity in words and derogate from his perfections in facts. This is only paying him a compliment, and then setting aside his government in whole or in part, — a state artifice. Cicero objects this low cunning to Epicurus, when he says, it is
Page 118 - Jilent, if all the philofophers upon earth can account for it, otherwife than by the power of the Deity immediately interefted &c.
Page 18 - led led to exclude every thing but matter and motion out of the univerfe : others, from a contrary difpofition, admit nothing but perceptions, and things which perceive ; and fome have purfued this way of reafoning, till they have admitted nothing but their own perceptions.
Page 135 - The establishing the equality of action and reaction, even in those powers which seem to surpass mechanism, and to be more immediately derived from him, seems to be an indication that those powers, while they derive their efficacy from him, are however in a certain degree circumscribed and regulated in their operations by mechanical principles...
Page i - ... put. I have not leifure at prefent to prepare it for public view. In the mean time I fend you the following fheets as a token of my fincere refpecl:.
Page 111 - ... we are always meeting with ** powers that furpafs mere mechanifm, or the ** effects of matter and motion. The laws of ** nature are conftant and regular, and for ought " we know all of them may be refolved into one ** general and extenfive power ; but this power itfelf " derives its properties and efficacy not from " mechanifm, but in a great meafure from the ** immediate influences on the firft mover.
Page 126 - ... and therefore whatfocver is clearly intelligible, is abfolutely true. Hence it comes to pafs, that both Philofophers and Divines have without Scruple meafured the Divine Omnipotence it felf, and the Poffibility of Things, by their own clear Intellections concerning them; and fo pronounce that God himfelf cannot make Contradictions to be true at the fame time ; whereas it were an high and unpardonable Prefumption thus to venture to meafure the Divine Omnipotence, if there were not an abfolute...
Page 248 - ... the velocity of the earth in the- annual orbit. yet her gravity towards the sun is so much diminished by her gravity towards the earth that her absolute velocity is still much superior to that which is requisite to carry a body in a circle there about the sun that is acted on by the remaining force only. Therefore, from the moment of the conjunction, the moon is carried without such a circle, receding continually from the sun, to greater and greater distances, till she arrive at opposition, where,...