Essay on religious philosophy, tr., with analysis, notes [&c.].


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Pagina 70 - I express myself with caution, lest I should be mistaken to vilify reason, which is indeed the only faculty we have wherewith to judge concerning anything, even revelation itself ; or be misunderstood to assert that a supposed revelation cannot be proved false from internal characters.
Pagina 217 - ... of that darling invention cashier, or at least endeavour to invalidate all other arguments, and forbid us to hearken to those proofs, as being weak or fallacious, which our own existence and the sensible parts of the universe offer so clearly and cogently to our thoughts, that I deem it impossible for a considering man to withstand them.
Pagina 179 - Non est aeternitas et infinitas, sed aeternus et infinitus ; non est duratio et spatium, sed durat et adest. Durat semper, et adest ubique, et existendo semper et ubique, durationem et spatium constituit.
Pagina 40 - For I doubt not but, if it had been a thing contrary to any man's right of dominion, or to the interest of men that have dominion, ' that the three angles of a triangle should be equal to two angles of a square,' that doctrine should have been, if not disputed, yet by the burning of all books of geometry, suppressed, as far as he whom it concerned was able.
Pagina 33 - The ontological involves a passage from the abstract to the concrete, from the ideal to the real. The cosmological stands or falls with a particular theory of causation. The physico-theological is practically very cogent ; but the spectacle of the order and beauty of the universe would not lead us beyond a wise and powerful Creator, without implying necessarily omniscience and omnipotence. The argument from consent may be weakened, by asserting the existence of a prejudice as universal.
Pagina 24 - Non tento, domine, penetrare altitudinem tuam, quia nullatenus comparo illi intellectum meum: sed desidero aliquatenus intelligere veritatem tuam, quam credit et amat cor meum. Neque enim quaero intelligere ut credam, sed credo ut intelligam. Nam et hoc credo: quia, nisi credidero, non intelligam.
Pagina 249 - I am forced to conclude that good, the greater good, though apprehended and acknowledged to be so, does not determine the will until our desire, raised proportionably to it, makes us uneasy in the want of it.
Pagina 17 - This generalization appears to me to have that high degree of scientific evidence which is derived from the concurrence of the indications of history with the probabilities derived from the constitution of the human mind.
Pagina 173 - ... and planets, and the gravitating powers resulting from thence; the several distances of the primary planets from the sun, and of the secondary ones from Saturn, Jupiter, and the earth ; and the velocities with which these planets could revolve about those quantities of matter in the central bodies ; and to compare and adjust all these things together, in so great a variety of bodies, argues that cause to be, not blind and fortuitous, but very well skilled in mechanics and geometry.
Pagina 219 - Moreover, this cause must be intelligent: for this existing world being contingent and an infinity of other worlds being equally possible, and holding, so to say, equal claim to existence with it, the cause of the world must needs have had regard or reference to all these possible worlds in order to fix upon one of them.

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