Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot

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J. Van Voorst, 1857 - Bible and geology - 376 pages
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Page 110 - A little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion ; for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no farther; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity."—BACON.
Page 102 - When the fact itself cannot be proved, that which comes nearest to the proof of the fact is the -proof of the circumstances that necessarily and usually attend such facts; and these are. called presumptions, and not proofs, for they stand instead of the proofs of the fact, till the contrary be
Page 22 - a part of Asia, lying between the Caucasian ridge, the Caspian Sea, and Tartary on the north, the Persian and Indian Seas on the south, and the high mountain ridges which run at considerable distances on the eastern and western flank.
Page 50 - of Newcastle, with all its rocky strata. A Scottish lake does not shoal at the rate of half a foot in a century; and that country presents a vertical depth of far more than 3,000 feet in the single series of the oldest sandstone. No sound geologist will accuse a computer of exceeding, if he
Page 274 - Of far nobler shape, erect and tall, Godlike erect, with native honour clad, In naked majesty, as lord of all.
Page 266 - Trampling his path through wood and brake, And canes, which, crackling, fall before his way, And tassel-grass, whose silvery feathers play O'ertopping the young trees,— On comes the Elephant, to slake His thirst at noon, in
Page 274 - Once, in the flight of ages past, There lived a Man,—and who was he? Mortal, howe'er thy lot be cast, That man resembled
Page 19 - We are not called upon to deny the possible existence of previous worlds, from the wreck of Which our globe was organized, and the ruins of which are now furnishing matter for our curiosity.
Page 315 - which may, at once be distinguished by a white globular silken bag, about the size of a pea, in which she has deposited her eggs, attached to the extremity of her body. Never miser clung to his treasure with more tenacious solicitude than this spider to her bag. Though apparently a considerable incumbrance, she carries it with her everywhere.
Page 315 - she carries it with her everywhere. If you deprive her of it, she makes the most strenuous efforts for its recovery; and no personal danger can force her to quit the precious load. Are her efforts ineffectual ? a stupefying melancholy seems to seize her; and, when deprived of this first object of her cares, existence itself appears to have lost its

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