Theological Essays and Other Papers: On Christianity as an organ of political movement. Protestantism. On the supposed scriptural expression for eternity. Judas Iscariot. On Hume's argument against miracles. Casuistry. Greece under the Romans

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Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1854
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Page 94 - It is clear as is the purpose of daylight, that the whole body of the arts and sciences composes one vast machinery for the irritation and development of the human intellect. For this end they exist. To see God, therefore, descending into the arena of science, and contending, as it were, for his own prizes, by teaching science in the Bible, would be to see him intercepting from their self-evident destination (viz., man's intellectual benefit) his own problems by solving them himself.
Page 93 - It is an obligation resting upon the Bible, if it is to be consistent with itself, that it should refuse to teach science ; and, if the Bible ever had taught any one art, science, or process of life, capital doubts would have clouded our confidence in the authority of the book. By what caprice, it would have been asked, is a divine mission abandoned suddenly for a human mission ? By what caprice is this one science taught, and others not ? Or these two, suppose, and not all 1 But an objection even...
Page 16 - God :—It may not have occurred to every reader, but none will perhaps object to it when once suggested to his consideration, that, as is the god of any nation, such will be that nation. God, however falsely conceived of by man, even though splintered into fragments by Polytheism, or disfigured by the darkest mythologies, is still the greatest of all objects offered to human contemplation. Man, when thrown upon his own delusions, may have raised to himself...
Page 160 - they, incurious of those hell-torments Judas felt within " him, because their own fires burned not yet, dismissed " him." I pause for a moment to observe that, in the expression " repented him to have been an instrument...
Page 80 - Scotsman, that, three thousand years before the Reformation, the author of the Pentateuch was kept from erring by a divine restraint over his words, if the authors of this Reformation — Luther, suppose, Zwingle, John Knox — either making translations themselves, or relying upon translations made by others under no such verbal restraint, have been left free to bias his mind, pretty nearly as much as if the original Hebrew writer had been resigned to his own human discretion ? Thirdly, even if...

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