The Old Bible And The New Science; An Essay And Four Lectures Delivered Before The New York Baptist…

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byJesse Burgess Thomas

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... SCIENCE AND PROVIDENCE. Shortly after the great Chicago fire, while the city still lay desolate, the people of one of the churches were holding their evening meeting by the dim and primitive candle-light, (the gas-works having been swept away in the fire,) and were seeking for hope and courage in the Scriptures, and in prayer. Suddenly a voice broke in among them, with all the sternness of an old Hebrew prophet, rebuking them for their stupid indifference to the lesson of the hour--that in the presence of so tremendous a calamity they were not awe-stricken into contrition, humiliation, repentance "in sackcloth and ashes." "And if I am asked," said the speaker, "' What is the bitter sin of which we ought to repent?' I answer that we built this city of wood, and not of fireproof material" The voice ceased; but its reverberations went on, through pulpit, platform, and press. The " culpable ignorance," the "criminal recklessness," the "headlong cupidity," that had hurried a "mushroom" city into existence, oblivious of the capacity and readiness of science to provide absolute safeguards against catastrophe, as she had done in older and wiser cities, all this was vehemently denounced as a foolhardy contempt of the "advanced" intelligence of the nineteenth century. It was not counted worthy of notice, that while the large portion of the city-spared was composed almost exclusively of wooden tenements, the scene of most utter devastation was just that central district where the " fireproof" achievements of to-day were most boastfully conspicuous. The words to which we have referred were themselves the echo of the " Boston Theology," of which the speaker was a distinguished representative--the idea, one of those "new things" from the modern "Athens" which men love ...

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... SCIENCE AND PROVIDENCE. Shortly after the great Chicago fire, while the city still lay desolate, the people of one of the chur...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217361528

ISBN - 13:9780217361521

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