The Human Will; A Series Of Posthumous Essays On Moral Accountability, The Legitimate Object Of Punishment, And The Powers Of The Will by James Pollard EspyThe Human Will; A Series Of Posthumous Essays On Moral Accountability, The Legitimate Object Of Punishment, And The Powers Of The Will by James Pollard Espy

The Human Will; A Series Of Posthumous Essays On Moral Accountability, The Legitimate Object Of…

byJames Pollard Espy

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 1860. Excerpt: ... MORAL ACCOUNTABILITY. Science has demonstrated that this earth was once fluid, from heat, to the surface; it follows that man has not existed on this earth from eternity, and it is manifest that the first man had not a man for his father, nor the first woman a woman for her mother; and as there is no known cause now in existence to produce man, but that of ordinary generation, and it is plainly impossible for him to have originated from any fortuitous concourse of atoms, we are constrained to believe that the first man and first woman were contrived and brought into existence by a being of superior wisdom, power and goodness. And as this same reason applies to all the animals and vegetables on the face of the earth, we may safely infer that the power, wisdom and goodness of this being are indefinitely great. This inference is greatly confirmed, when we discover innumerable contrivances, both in the moral and physical world, all tending to the well-being of man. Now all these contrivances imply a contriver, and unless this contriver was himself contrived, he must have been eternal. For it is certain, that the first cause or contriver always existed, for if there was ever a time when nothing existed, nothing could ever have been brought into existence--ex nihilo nihil fit. This first self-existent and eternal cause or contriver is called God, whether the immediate contriver of the universe was the self-existent eternal first cause or not. But as nothing is gained by supposing that the contriver of the universe, and the former of man, was himself or itself contrived, it is unphilosophical to make the supposition. When we examine the nature of man, we discover that he is so constituted or contrived, that the fundamental law of his nature is to be fond of plea...
Title:The Human Will; A Series Of Posthumous Essays On Moral Accountability, The Legitimate Object Of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217117457

ISBN - 13:9780217117456

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