God And The Future Life; The Reasonableness Of Christianity: the Reasonableness of Christianity

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byCharles Nordhoff

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... NOTES. I Did not choose to encumber my pages with footnotes, because these disturb the attention of the reader, and interrupt in his mind the course of the argument. But I add here, at the close, several extracts, referring each to the chapter it is intended to illustrate. NOTE TO CHAPTER VIL The following passage from the "Ninth Bridgewater Treatise" of the celebrated mathematician Charles Babbage illustrates so well, and by so interesting an instance, the difference between the supporters and opponents of the theory of Evolution, that, though long, I give it in full here. I am the more moved to do this because the volume from which I take it is no longer easily accessible except in public libraries: "To illustrate the distinction between a system to which the restoring hand of its contriver is applied, either frequently or at distant intervals, and one which had received at its first formation the impress of the will of its author, foreseeing the varied but yet necessary laws of its action, throughout the whole extent of its existence, we must have recourse to some machine, the produce of human skill. But far as all such engines must ever be placed at an immeasurable interval below the simplest of Nature's works, yet, from the vastness of those cycles which even human contrivance in some cases unfolds to our view, we may perhaps be enabled to form a faint estimate of the magnitude of that lowest step in the chain of reasoning which leads us up to Nature's God. "The illustration which I shall here employ will be derived from the results afforded by the Calculating Engine; and this I am the more disposed to use, because my own views respecting the extent of the laws of Nature were greatly enlarged by considering it, and also because it incidentally presen...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... NOTES. I Did not choose to encumber my pages with footnotes, because these disturb the attention of the reader, and interrupt ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217214541

ISBN - 13:9780217214544

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