Reconciliation of Science and Religion

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Harper, 1877 - 403 pages

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Page 127 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance, through a vacuum, without the mediation of...
Page 138 - I feel bound to make before you is that I prolong the vision backward across the boundary of the experimental evidence, and discern in that matter, which we in our ignorance, and notwithstanding our professed reverence for its Creator, have hitherto covered with opprobrium, the promise and potency of every form and quality of life.
Page 240 - In affirming that the growth of the body is mechanical, and that thought, as exercised by us, has its correlative in the physics of the brain, I think the position of the " Materialist " is stated as far as that position is a tenable one. I think the materialist will be able finally to maintain this position against all attacks ; but I do not think, as the human mind is at present constituted, that he can pass beyond it.
Page 120 - In every such change we recognize the action of FORCE. And in the only case in which we are admitted into any personal knowledge of the origin of force, we find it connected (possibly by intermediate links untraceable by our faculties, but yet indisputably connected} with volition, and by inevitable consequence, with motive, with intellect, and with all those , attributes of mind in which — and not in the possession of arms, legs, brains, and viscera — personality consists.
Page 232 - I know how the corn sprouts? Yesterday there was not a blade in my field ; to-day I returned to the field and found some. Who can have given to the earth the wisdom and the power to produce it ? " " Then I buried my face in both my hands.
Page 365 - And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Page 112 - The teleological and the mechanical views of nature are not, necessarily, mutually exclusive. On the contrary, the more purely a mechanist the speculator is, the more firmly does he assume a primordial molecular arrangement of which all the phenomena of the universe...
Page 161 - Ceux qui ont dit qu'une fatalité aveugle a produit tous les effets que nous voyons dans le monde, ont dit une grande absurdité; car quelle plus grande absurdité qu'une fatalité aveugle qui aurait produit des êtres intelligents?
Page 239 - ... like Hume. Mr. Spencer takes another line. With him, as with the uneducated man, there is no doubt or question as to the existence of an external world. But he differs from the uneducated, who think that the world really is what consciousness represents it to be. Our states of consciousness are mere symbols of an outside entity which produces them and determines the order of their succession, but the real nature of which we can never know.
Page 280 - ... (what, however, it can never do), all laws in a single formula, and consummate all conditional knowledge in the unity of unconditional existence. Nor is it only in science that the mind desiderates the one. We seek it equally in works of art.

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