Natural Theology: Or, Essays on the Existence of Deity and of Providence, on the Immateriality of the Soul, and a Future State, Volume 2


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Pagina 310 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there : if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea ; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me," even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and...
Pagina 280 - Upon the whole, it appears that no testimony for any kind of miracle can ever possibly amount to a probability, much less to a proof.
Pagina 310 - Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.' 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Pagina 189 - Thought, design, intelligence, such as we discover in men and other animals, is no more than one of the springs and principles of the universe, as well as heat or cold, attraction or repulsion, and a hundred others which fall under daily observation.
Pagina 139 - ... exist, as for twice two not to be four. But it is evident that this can never happen, while our faculties remain the same as at present. It will still be possible for us, at any time, to conceive the non-existence of what we formerly conceived to exist ; nor can the mind ever lie under a necessity of supposing any object to remain always in being ; in the same manner as we lie under a necessity of always conceiving twice two to be four.
Pagina 134 - To suppose two or more different natures existing of themselves, necessarily and independent from each other, implies this plain contradiction; that each of them being independent from the other, they may either of them be supposed to exist alone; so that it will be no contradiction to imagine the other not to exist, and, consequently, neither of them will be necessarily existing.
Pagina 639 - It is the very nature of compassion or sympathy, as the word implies, to "rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Pagina 629 - ... tollat. Haec vero ratio seu causa vel in natura rei contineri debet, vel extra ipsam. Ex. gr. rationem, cur circulus quadratus non existat, ipsa ejus natura indicat; nimirum, quia contradictionem involvit. Cur autem 15 contra substantia existat, ex sola etiam ejus natura sequitur, quia scilicet existentiam involvit (vide prop.
Pagina 151 - One design prevails throughout the whole. And this uniformity leads the mind to acknowledge one author; because the conception of different authors, without any distinction of attributes or operations, serves only to give perplexity to the imagination, without bestowing any satisfaction on the understanding.
Pagina 638 - It would seem to be simply this,—to approve our conduct, when we do, what we believe to be right; and to censure us, when we commit, whatever we judge to be wrong. When reason, or religion, or education, has marked the distinction between virtue and vice, we are conscious of a pleasurable feeling, when we practise the one, and of a painful sentiment, when we are guilty of the other. The office of the conscience is not legislative, but judiciary : its voice is either laudative or objurgatory, rather...

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