The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise: A Fragment

J. Murray, 1838 - 270 páginas

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Página 122 - That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact, which it endeavors to establish...
Página 116 - Almighty stamped on the brow of the first murderer the indelible and visible mark of his guilt, He has also established laws by which every succeeding criminal is not less irrevocably chained to the testimony of his crime ; for every atom of his mortal frame, through whatever changes its several particles may migrate, will still retain, adhering to it through every combination, some movement derived from that very muscular effort by which the crime itself was perpetrated.
Página 21 - Pounds sterling ; this sum, with the accruing dividends thereon, to be held at the disposal of the President, for the time being, of the Royal Society of London, to be paid to the person or persons nominated by him. The Testator...
Página 121 - A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established j 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.
Página 175 - ... that we are to be followers of truth : the trial of our faith is, when we cannot perceive this : and the part of a lover of truth is to follow her at all seeming hazards, after the example of Him, who ' came into the world, that He might bear witness to the truth.
Página 69 - I still remember my solitary transport at the discovery of a philosophical argument against the doctrine of transubstantiation: that the text of scripture, which seems to inculcate the real presence, is attested only by a single sense— our sight; while the real presence itself is disproved by three of our senses— the sight, the touch, and the taste.
Página 32 - 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.
Página 118 - ... no living witness of his earthly agony. When man and all his race shall have disappeared from the face of our planet, ask every particle of air still floating over the unpeopled earth, and it will record the cruel mandate of the tyrant. Interrogate every wave which breaks unimpeded on ten thousand desolate shores, and it will give evidence of the last gurgle of the waters which closed over the head of his dying victim, confront the murderer with every corporeal atom of his immolated slave, and...
Página 68 - Mosaic account of creation to that diminutive period, which is, as it were, but a span in the duration of the Earth's existence, and who have imprudently rejected the testimony of the senses, when opposed to their philological criticisms...
Página 35 - Now, reader," says Mr. Babbage, "let me ask you how long you will have counted before you are firmly convinced that the engine has been so adjusted, that it will continue, while its motion is maintained, to produce the same series of natural numbers ? Some minds...

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