Delineations physical, intellectual and moral, exemplifying the philosophy of Christianity, and its adaptation to the improvable nature of the human species, etc

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Page 8 - Thou sun, said I, fair light, And thou enlighten'd earth, so fresh and gay, Ye hills and dales, ye rivers, woods, and plains, And ye that live and move, fair creatures, tell, Tell, if ye saw, how came I thus, how here? Not of myself, by some great Maker then, In goodness and in power pre-eminent : Tell me, how may I know him, how adore, From whom I have that thus I move and live, And feel that I am happier than I know.
Page 54 - See dying vegetables life sustain, See life dissolving vegetate again : All forms that perish other forms supply, (By turns we catch the vital breath, and die) Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne They rise, they break, and to that sea return.
Page 149 - ... recorded, vows unredeemed, promises unfulfilled, perpetuating in the united movements of each particle, the testimony of man's changeful will.
Page 160 - A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.
Page 7 - ... there must be, as even the heathen philosophers confessed, one first mover; that is, a first, and an eternal cause of all things ; w7hich is that which men mean by the name of God...
Page 147 - The pulsations of the air, once set in motion by the human voice, cease not to exist with the sounds to which they give rise.
Page 80 - ... reason enlarged by a new set of discoveries communicated by God immediately; which reason vouches the truth of, by the testimony and proofs it gives that they come from God. So that he that takes away reason to make way for revelation, puts out the light of both, and does muchwhat the same as if he would persuade a man to put out his eyes, the better to receive the remote light of an invisible star by a telescope.
Page 161 - All analogy leads us to infer, and new discoveries continually direct our expectation to the idea, that the most extensive laws to which we have hitherto attained, converge to some few simple and general principles, by which the whole of the material universe is sustained, and from which its infinitely varied phenomena emerge as the necessary consequences.
Page 148 - If man enjoyed a larger command over mathematical analysis, his knowledge of these motions would be more extensive : but a being, possessed of unbounded knowledge of that science, could trace every the minutest consequence of that primary impulse.
Page 149 - The air itself is one vast library, on whose pages are for ever written all that man has ever said or woman whispered.

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