Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology
W. Pickering, 1833 - 284 pages
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Page 272 - Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees ; Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent...
Page 89 - Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand. For Hot, Cold, Moist and Dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mastery...
Page 9 - On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation, illustrating such work by all reasonable arguments ; as, for instance, the variety and formation of God's creatures, in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms ; the effect of digestion, and thereby of conversion ; the construction of the hand of man, and an infinite variety of other arguments ; as also by discoveries, ancient and modern, in arts, sciences, and in the whole extent of literature.
Page 239 - This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God...
Page 121 - Some of them are accompanied by satellites, or attendant bodies which revolve about them ; and these bodies also have their orbits nearly circular, and nearly in the same plane as the others. Saturn's ring is a solitary example, so far as we know, of such an appendage to a planet. These circular motions of the planets round the sun, and of the satellites round their primary planets, are all kept going by the attraction of the respective central bodies, which restrains the corresponding revolving...
Page 264 - For the handling of final causes, mixed with the rest in physical inquiries, hath intercepted the severe and diligent inquiry of all real and physical causes...
Page 267 - But with regard to the material world, we can at least go so far as this — we can perceive that events are brought about not by insulated interpositions of Divine power, exerted in each particular case, but by the establishment of general laws.
Page 271 - Opticks," he declares the various portions of the world, organic and inorganic, " can be the effect of nothing else than the wisdom and skill of a powerful everliving 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 282 - 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 favour, gathereth a force and faith which human nature in itself could not obtain.
Page 128 - ... of their attraction beyond calculable limits. Under such circumstances we might have years of unequal length, and seasons of capricious temperature ; planets and moons of portentous size and aspect glaring and disappearing at uncertain intervals ; tides like deluges sweeping over whole continents ; and, perhaps, the collision of two of the planets, and the consequent destruction of all organization on both of them.