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Discourses concerning the being and natural perfections of God.

Abernethy, John

Discourses concerning the being and natural perfections of God.

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Published by Printed for H. Whitridge (and others) in London .
Written in English


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Pagination(vi), 372 p. ;
Number of Pages372
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Open LibraryOL19765880M

Thus, if we see the limbs of a human body, we conclude that it is also attended with a human head, though hid from us. He hath set a cloud round about in the heavens, and the light of the grand gover[n]ing of the 15 fixed stars centre there; and from there it is drawn by the heavenly bodies according to their portions; according to the decrees that God hath set, as the bounds of the ocean, that it should not pass over as a flood, so God has set the bounds of light lest it pass over and consume the planets. The narrow views of a peasant, who makes his domestic economy the rule for the government of kingdoms, is in comparison a pardonable sophism. By sharing the work among several, we may so much further limit the attributes of each, and get rid of that extensive power and knowledge, which must be supposed in one deity, and which, according to you, can only serve to weaken the proof of his existence. He might set his fancy a rambling; and she might bring him in an infinite variety of reports and representations. You have too much learning, CLEANTHES, to be at all surprised at this opinion, which, you know, was maintained by almost all the Theists of antiquity, and chiefly prevails in their discourses and reasonings.

Its most striking peculiarity is the uniform use except once in the title of the abbreviated form of the relative pronoun as a prefix -- shekkullam for asher kullam; shehammelek for asher hammelek, etc. It proclaimed God's exalted power over all things finite and material, and His absolute dominion over mankind; it revealed the essential characteristic of God in the name Jehovah. When I read a volume, I enter into the mind and intention of the author: I become him, in a manner, for the instant; and have an immediate feeling and conception of those ideas which revolved in his imagination while employed in that composition. In the following example, two synonymous couplets constitute together a synthetic parallelism: Because they regard not the works of the Lord, Nor the operation of his hands, He shall destroy them, And not build them up. Plato felt that the perfect proportion was the ratio of the side to the diagonal of a square. Of these seventeen psalms, only three bear titles; the ninetieth being referred to Moses, the hundred and first and hundred and third to David.

For a short period of time during the French Revolution the Cult of the Supreme Being was the state religion of France. He only brings forward this as an example, and as a mirror in which we may behold and contemplate the dominion over the works of his hands, with which God has honored man. No succession, no change, no acquisition, no diminution. Suppose, therefore, that you enter into your library, thus peopled by natural volumes, containing the most refined reason and most exquisite beauty; could you possibly open one of them, and doubt, that its original cause bore the strongest analogy to mind and intelligence? The cohesion of the parts of matter is still incomprehensible.


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Discourses concerning the being and natural perfections of God. book

The entry, "Perfection" vol. Those who think that the psalm is so called because it was composed in the city of Gath, give a strained and far-fetched explanation of the matter.

For I believe there are in the world, at least in any part of the world where the Christian religion is in any tolerable purity professed, very few such deists as will truly stand to all the principles of unprejudiced reason, and sincerely, both in profession and practice, own all the obligations of natural religion, and yet oppose Christianity merely upon account of their not being satisfied with the strength of the evidence of matter of fact.

The Reformers embraced the same principles of reasoning, or rather declamation; and all panegyrics on the excellency of faith, were sure to be interlarded with some severe strokes of satire against natural reason. His ways are not our ways. When it reasons and discourses; when it expostulates, argues, and enforces its views and topics; when it applies sometimes to the pure intellect, sometimes to the affections; when it collects, disposes, and adorns every consideration suited to the subject; could you persist in asserting, that all this, at the bottom, had really no meaning; and that the first formation of this volume in the loins of its original parent proceeded not from thought and design?

Perfection

Likewise in sculpturefor centuries, it was a matter of dogma that certain proportions of the human body were perfect and obligatory. I had affirmed, that to imagine an eternal and infinite nothing was being reduced to the necessity of imagining a contradiction or impossibility: For this he argues against me Remark.

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If the prophet here declares, by way of exposition, to what extent God has put all things in subjection to us, this subjection, it seems, must be restricted to what contributes to the temporal comfort and convenience of man while he continues in this world. The best collections of texts from the Fathers on this question are those of John of Cyprus, Expositio materiaria eorum quae de Deo a theologis dicuntur Bibl.

For though, sometimes, the ancient philosophers reason from final causes, as if they thought the world the workmanship of God; yet it appears rather their favourite notion to consider it as his body, whose organisation renders it subservient to him.

See also Steven Kawaler and J. Its central tenet was that nature was perfect; and perfect, too, was the man who lived in harmony with nature's law. See also Michael J.

That therefore there was plainly wanting a divine revelation to recover mankind out of their universally degenerate estate, into a state suitable to the original excellency of their nature; which divine revelation, both the necessities of men and their natural notions of God gave them reasonable ground to expect and hope for, as appears from the acknowledgments which the best and wisest of the heathen philosophers themselves have made, of their sense of the necessity and want of such a revelation, and from their expressions of the hopes they had entertained that God would some time or other vouchsafe it unto them.

And this volume of nature contains a great and inexplicable riddle, more than any intelligible discourse or reasoning. The verb, at the close of the third verse, which others translate to prepare, or to found, or to establish, I have thought proper to render to arrange; for the Psalmist seems to have a reference to the very beautiful order by which God has so appropriately distinguished the position of the stars, and daily regulates their course.

Again; after he opens his eyes, and contemplates the world as it really is, it would be impossible for him at first to assign the cause of any one event, much less of the whole of things, or of the universe. In the United States, where the Culture Wars still rage, there is a great deal of controversy over whether the Founding Fathers were Christians, deists, or something in between.

Is not the moon another earth, which we see to turn round its centre?Discourses concerning the being and natural perfections of God: In which that first principle of religion, the existence of the deity, is proved, from the frame of the material world, from the animal and rational life, and from human intelligence and morality ; and the divine attributes of spirituality, unity, eternity, immensity, omnipotence, omniscience, and infinite wisdom are explained.

Book 1—Chapter 2 OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES As what I shall say hereafter concerning God, his essence, perfections, persons, works, and worship, and everything relative to him, will be taken out of the sacred scriptures, and proved by them; it will be necessary, before I proceed any further, to.

BOOK IV: Of the work which the Holy Spirit effecteth in us, as it is expressed under the notion of our being begotten unto God, and of a new birth, from which the necessity of regeneration is further demonstrated. Of the nature of the thing begotten in us, as it is. Sidney wrote Discourses Concerning Government in response to a book by Sir Robert Filmer defending the divine and natural right of kings to absolute rule.

Filmer’s book, Patriarcha: A Defence of the Natural Power of Kings against the Unnatural Liberty of the People, was first published inthough it had been written much earlier. May 27,  · Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science [Peter Harrison, Ronald L.

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion/Part 6

Numbers, Michael H. Shank] on sylvaindez.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When and where did science begin? Historians have offered different answers to these questions5/5(1).

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