Alciphron, Or The Minute Philosopher: In Seven Dialogues. : Containing an Apology for the Christian Religion, Against Those who are Called Free-thinkers

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From Sidney's hress. [sic], 1803 - Apologetics - 388 pages

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Page 272 - What is the chaff to the wheat ? saith the Lord. Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the Lord ; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words, every one from his neighbour.
Page 353 - State, although it be a mystery, although it be what eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive...
Page 90 - There is a cast of thought in the complexion of an Englishman, which renders him the most unsuccessful rake in the world. He is (as Aristotle expresseth it) at variance with himself. He is neither brute enough to enjoy his appetites, nor man enough to govern them.
Page 133 - In the fame manner, muft not the whole entablature, with its projections, be fo proportioned, as to feem great, but not heavy ; light, but not little ; inafmuch as a deviation into either extreme, would thwart that reafon and ufe of things, wherein their beauty is founded, and to which it is fubordinate?
Page 28 - ... designs. And, to intimidate those who might otherwise be drawn into crimes by the prospect of pleasure and profit, he gives them to understand that whoever escapes punishment in this life will be sure to find it in the next; and that so heavy and lasting as infinitely to overbalance the pleasure and profit accruing from his crimes. Hence, the belief of a God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government. And, to the...
Page 90 - I am apt to think it is still more so of our modern English. Something there is in our climate and complexion, that makes idleness nowhere so much its own punishment as in England, where an uneducated fine gentleman pays for his momentary pleasures, with long and cruel intervals of spleen...
Page 383 - ... profane and conceited men, who must needs proselyte others to their own doubts. When one of this stamp presents himself, we should consider what species he is of: whether a first or a second-hand philosopher, a libertine, scorner, or sceptic?

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