Indications of the Creator: Extracts, Bearing Upon Theology, from the History and the Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences

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J. W. Parker, 1845 - Natural theology - 171 pages

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Page 170 - ... towards divine mysteries. But rather, that by our mind thoroughly cleansed and purged from fancy and vanities, and yet subject and perfectly given up to the divine oracles, there may be given unto faith the things that are faith's.
Page 170 - This also we humbly and earnestly beg, that human things may not prejudice such as are Divine ; neither that from the unlocking of the gates of sense, and the kindling of a greater natural light, anything of incredulity, or intellectual night, may arise in our minds towards Divine mysteries.
Page 71 - ... satisfactory account of the origin of the universe, or of its parts. We need not wonder, then, at any particular instance of this incapacity ; as, for example, that of which we have been speaking, the impossibility of accounting by any natural means for the production of all the successive tribes of plants and animals which have peopled the world in the various stages of its progress, as geology teaches us. That they were, like our own animal and vegetable contemporaries, profoundly adapted to...
Page 131 - I remark that such modifications of the current interpretation of the words of Scripture appear to be an inevitable consequence of the progressive character of Natural Science. Science is constantly teaching us to describe known facts in new language, but the language of Scripture is always the same. And not only so, but the language of Scripture is necessarily adapted to the common state of man's intellectual development, in which he is supposed not to be possessed of science. Hence the phrases...
Page 145 - Mars' he opens with the following passage : " I beseech my reader, that, not unmindful of the Divine goodness bestowed on man, he do with me praise and celebrate the wisdom and greatness of the Creator, which I open to him from a more inward explication of the form of the world, from a searching of causes, from a detection of the errors of vision ; and that thus, not only in the firmness and stability of the earth, he perceive with gratitude the preservation of all living things in Nature as the...
Page 170 - This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God...
Page 135 - ... probable. And the new interpretation which the new philosophy requires, and which appears to the older school to be a fatal violence done to the authority of religion, is accepted by their successors without the dangerous results which were apprehended.
Page 7 - ... the dangerous results which were apprehended. When the language of Scripture, invested with its new meaning, has become familiar to men, it is found that the ideas which it calls up are quite as reconcilable as the former ones were with the soundest religious views.
Page 84 - Or, as we might express it otherwise, of inert forces we have no conception of what they ought to do, except what they do. The forces of gravity, elasticity, affinity, never act in a diseased manner ; we never conceive them as failing in their purpose ; for we do not conceive them as having any purpose which is answered by one mode of their action rather than another. But with organical forces the case is different ; they are necessarily conceived as acting for the preservation and development of...
Page 143 - we balance authorities; in philosophy we weigh reasons. A holy man was Lactantius, who denied that the earth was round ; a holy man was Augustine, who granted the rotundity, but denied the antipodes ; a holy thing to me is the Inquisition, which allows the smallness of the earth, but denies its motion ; but more holy to me is truth ; and hence I prove by philosophy that the earth is round, inhabited on every side, of small size, and in motion among the stars, — and this I do with no disrespect...

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