Plutarchus, and Theophrastus, on Superstition; with Various Appendices, and a Life of Plutarchus

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Julian Hibbert, 1828 - Atheism
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Page 81 - 80. 3 vid. Liv., B. 5, ch. 51,52. The religious policy of the Roman government, especially in later times, is inimitably described in the following passages of Gibbon: "The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered,—by the people, as equally true,—by the philosopher, as equally
Page 37 - frame, Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees, Lives thro' all life, extends thro' all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent.
Page 36 - who tells us dogmatically what God is not, but who, as far as I have read the very dull book in question, forgets to tell us what God is. is above all our conceptions." "Neither infinite space, nor According to Sir Isaac Newton, "God governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as the Lord and Sovereign of all things.
Page 111 - republic was in reality little more than the government of a few self-erected clubs. The consequence was (such as might be ex-pected among a people degraded by immemorial superstition) —an ignorant and ferocious tyranny. Robespierre ( who proclaim-ed both the existence of a supreme being and the immortality of the soul, and who even perhaps undertook to defend the ecclesi-astics) sent to the
Page 59 - 1706, 1732, 1739, 2 vols. fol. 1749, 8vo. " Discourse concern-ing the Connexion of the Prophecies in the Old Testament, and the application of them to Christ; to which is added, A Letter concerning the Argument a priori, in the Proof of the Being of God. '
Page 84 - the 4th. century, it was an almost universally-adopted maxim "That it was an act of virtue to deceive and lie, when by such means the interests of the church might be promoted."
Page 39 - fluid, which, though both powerful and universal in its operation, is no object of sense to us; if upon any other kind of substance or ac-tion, upon a substance or action, from which we receive no distin-guishable impressions. Is it then to be wondered at, that it should, in some
Page 56 - (a learned English Divine and Platonic Philoso-pher,) " Reason and Religion; or, the Grounds and Measures of Devotion considered, from the Nature of God and the Nature of Man, in several Contemplations: with Exercises of Devotion applied to every Contemplation. " Lond. 1689, 8vo. Thomas TENISON, DD, (Archbishop of Canterbury, ) "The
Page 96 - The practise of Superstition is so congenial with the multitude, that, if they are forcibly awakened, they still regret the loss of their pleasing vision." TElianus ' mentions a certain Thra-syllus, who rejoiced at seeing any vessels enter the
Page 32 - La philosophie nous montre bien qu'il ya un Dieu ; mais elle est impuissante à nous apprendre ce qu'il est, ce qu'il fait, comment et pourquoi il le fait; s'il est dans le temps, s'il est dans l'espace, s'il a commandé une fois, ou s'il agit toujours, et s'il est dans la matière, s'il n'y est pas, etc. etc. Il faudrait

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