Natural Theology: Comprising a Discourse of Natural Theology, Dialogues on Instinct, and Dissertations on the Structure of the Cells of Bees and on Fossil Osteology

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Richard Griffin, 1856 - 456 pages

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Page 60 - In the next place, man knows by an intuitive certainty, that bare nothing can no more produce any real being, than it can be equal to two right angles.
Page 217 - ... Faculty of an intellectual Being. For my own part, I look upon it as upon the Principle of Gravitation in Bodies, which is not to be explained by any known Qualities inherent in the Bodies themselves, nor from any Laws of Mechanism, but, according to the best Notions of the greatest Philosophers, is an immediate Impression from the first Mover, and the Divine Energy acting in the Creatures.
Page 217 - One in their nature, which are two in ours; And reason raise o'er instinct as you can, In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis man.
Page 132 - ... 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 116 - ... that so provident a cause as nature had not placed so many valves '• without design ; and no design seemed more probable, than that, since " the blood could not well, because of the interposing valves, be sent by " the veins to the limbs, it should be sent through the arteries, and re" turn through the veins, whose valves did not oppose its course that
Page 216 - Skill of a powerful ever-living Agent, who being in all Places, is more able by his Will to move the Bodies within his boundless uniform Sensorium, and thereby to form and reform the Parts of the Universe, than we are by our Will to move the Parts of our own Bodies.
Page 5 - O praeclarum diem cum in illud divinum animorum concilium coetumque proficiscar cumque ex hac turba et colluvione discedam ! Proficiscar enim non ad eos solum viros, de quibus ante dixi, verum etiam ad Catonem meum, quo nemo vir melior natus est, nemo pietate praestantior...
Page 139 - An vero si domum magnam pulchramque videris, non possis adduci ut, etiamsi dominum non videas, muribus illam et mustelis sedificatam putes ; tantum vero ornatum mundi, tantam varietatem pulchritudinemque rerum coelestium, tantam vim et magnitudinem maris atque terrarum, si tuum ac non deorum immortalium domicilium putes, nonne plane desipere videare...
Page 24 - Natural Theology; for it is only another way of asserting that design and knowledge are evinced in the works and functions of nature. It may further illustrate the argument to take one or two other examples. When a bird's egg is examined, it is found to consist of three parts; the chick, the yolk in which the chick is placed, and the white in which the yolk swims. The yolk is lighter than the white ; and it is attached to it at two points, joined by a line, or rather plane, below the centre of gravity...
Page 253 - ... of itself to open the latch of a door ; and I knew a Pony in the stable here, that used both to open the latch of the stable, and raise the lid of the cornchest — things...

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