The Philosophy of Natural Theology: An Essay in Confutation of the Scepticism of the Present Day, which Obtained a Prize at Oxford, Nov. 26th, 1872
A. D. F. Randolph, 1875 - Natural theology - 398 pages
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absolutely Additional Note analogy animal appear argument argument from Design assert Bacon belief called causation Chapter colour conceive conception conclusion consciousness consequences consilient creature Design distinct Divine doctrine doubt effect Essay evidence existence experience explain external fact feel final cause force function Herbert Spencer Hume Hume's idea Idealism Inductive Inductive Philosophy inference infinite inquiry instinct intelligence J. S. Mill kind knowledge light living look mankind material matter means mechanical metaphysical mind Monism moral motion Natural Theology nerve never objects observed optic nerve optical organic Paley Paley's Pantheism perceive perception personal identity phenomena philosophy physical present principle produce Professor Protoplasm purpose question reader reason relation Religion retina S. T. Coleridge sceptical seems sensation sense soul speak speculative Spencer suppose supreme Teleology Theism theory things thinker thought tion true truth Universe whole words writer
Page 379 - Stern Lawgiver ! yet thou dost wear The Godhead's most benignant grace; Nor know we anything so fair As is the smile upon thy face : Flowers laugh before thee on their beds And fragrance in thy footing treads; Thou dost preserve the stars from wrong; And the most ancient heavens, through thee, are fresh and strong.
Page 378 - STERN Daughter of the Voice of God ! O Duty ! if that name thou love Who art a light to guide, a rod To check the erring, and reprove ; Thou, who art victory and law When empty terrors overawe, From vain temptations dost set free, And calm'st the weary strife of frail humanity!
Page 225 - ... his ways are not as our ways, nor his thoughts as our thoughts.
Page 2 - Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet — Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
Page 187 - For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can ORSERVE anything but the perception.
Page 378 - But thee I now would serve more strictly, if I may. Through no disturbance of my soul, Or strong...
Page 186 - THERE are some philosophers who imagine we are every moment intimately conscious of what we call our self; that we feel its existence and its continuance in existence; and are certain, beyond the evidence of a demonstration, both of its perfect identity and simplicity.
Page 314 - For take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on when he finds himself maintained by a man, who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura, which courage is manifestly such as that creature, without that confidence, of a better nature than his own could never attain. So man, when he resteth and assureth himself upon divine protection and favor, gathereth a force and faith which human nature in itself could not obtain.
Page 184 - Thus the ideas, as well as children of our youth, often die" before us ; and our minds represent to us those tombs to which we are approaching ; where though the brass and marble remain, yet the inscriptions are effaced by time, and the imagery moulders away.