Lowell Lectures: On the Application of Metaphysical and Ethical Science to the Evidence of Religion

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C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1849 - Apologetics - 465 pages
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"These lectures were given under the auspices of the Lowell Institute of Boston, MA in 1848-1849. In this series of lectures Bowen endeavours to show that the fundamental doctrines of religion rest upon the same basis that supports all science, and that they cannot be denied without also rejecting familiar truths that are adopted almost unconsciously, and upon which the conduct of life and the regulation of our ordinary concerns. Bowen argues that the time seems to have arrived for a more practical and immediate verification than the world has ever witnessed of the great truth, that the civilization that is not based upon Christianity is big with the elements of its own destruction." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).
 

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Page 35 - THE heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Page 24 - Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will, and Fate— Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute — And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Page 144 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Page 92 - Therefore am I still A lover of the meadows and the woods, And mountains ; and of all that we behold From this green earth...
Page 377 - there is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons that need no repentance.
Page 136 - But wandering oft, with brute unconscious gaze, Man marks not Thee, marks not the mighty Hand That, ever busy, wheels the silent spheres ; Works in the secret deep ; shoots, steaming, thence The fair profusion that o'erspreads the Spring...
Page 371 - What nothing earthly gives or can destroy, The soul's calm sunshine, and the heartfelt joy, Is virtue's prize...
Page 137 - The secrets of the hoary deep; a dark Illimitable ocean, without bound, Without dimension, where length, breadth, and height, And time, and place, are lost; where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand.
Page 164 - Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
Page 51 - In short, there are two principles which I cannot render consistent, nor is it in my power to renounce either of them, viz. that all our distinct perceptions are distinct existences, and that the mind never perceives any real connexion among distinct existences.

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