On Natural Theology, Volume 2

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Robert Carter & Brothers, 1857 - God

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Page 176 - ... within five miles, where he is, on a boundless ocean, cannot but appear to persons ignorant of physical astronomy an approach to the miraculous. Yet, the alternatives of life and ' death, wealth and ruin, are daily and hourly staked with perfect confidence on these marvellous computations, which might almost seem to have been devised on purpose to show how closely the extremes of speculative refinement and practical utility can be brought to approximate.
Page 180 - And, since it cannot but be that innumerable and most important uses remain to be discovered among the materials and objects already known to us, as well as among those which the progress of science must hereafter disclose, we may hence conceive a well-grounded expectation, not only of constant increase in the physical resources of mankind, and the consequent improvement of their condition, but of continual accessions to our power of penetrating into the arcana of nature, and becoming acquainted...
Page 196 - ... We should take the testimony of each to the worth of that which he does know, and reject the testimony of each to the comparative worthlessness of that which he does not know ; and then the unavoidable inference is that that must be indeed a replete and a gorgeous universe in which we dwell — and still more glorious the Eternal Mind, from whose conception it arose, and whose prolific fiat gave birth to it, in all its vastness and variety.
Page 404 - ... reward. But he can easily conceive how the numberless violations of duty, of which he has been guilty, should render him the proper object of aversion and punish...
Page 209 - ... quell the alarms of nature, the dread and the disturbance which sinners feel, when they look to their sovereign in heaven, as a God of judgment and of unspotted holiness. Nevertheless the same conscience which tells what is sound in ethics, is ever and anon suggesting what is sound in theology — that we have to do with a God of truth, that we have to do with a God of righteousness ; and this lesson is never perhaps obliterated in any breast, by the imagery, however pleasing, of a universal...
Page 405 - Repentance, sorrow, humiliation, contrition at the thought of his past misconduct, are, upon this account, the sentiments which become him, and seem to be the only means which he has left for appeasing that wrath which he knows he has justly provoked. He even distrusts the efficacy of all these, and actually fears lest the wisdom of God should not, like the weakness of man. be prevailed upon to spare the criminal by the most importunate lamentations of the crime.
Page 404 - If we consult our natural sentiments we are apt to fear lest before the holiness of God, vice should appear to be more worthy of punishment, than the weakness and imperfection of human virtue can ever seem to be of reward. Man when about to appear before a Being of infinite perfection, can feel but little confidence in his own merit, or in the imperfect propriety of his own conduct. In the presence of his fellow...
Page 196 - ... is apt to become the worshipper of his own theme, and to look with a sort of indifference, bordering on contempt, towards what he imagines the far less interesting track of his fellowlabourers. Now each is right in the admiration he renders to the grace and grandeur of that field which himself has explored ; but all are wrong in the distaste they feel, or rather in the disregard they cast on the other fields which they have never entered. We should take the testimony of each to the worth of that...
Page 404 - ... justice, such weakness is undoubtedly unworthy of the divine perfection. But if it be meant, that vice does not appear to the Deity to be, for its own sake, the object of abhorrence and aversion, and what, for its own sake, it is fit and right should be punished, the truth of this maxim can, by no means, be so easily admitted.
Page 234 - ... there is a certain squareness of adjustment, if we may so term it, between each desire and its correspondent gratification. The one is evenly met by the other; and there is a fullness and definiteness of enjoyment, up to the capacity of enjoyment.

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