The Philosophy of Natural Theology: An Essay in Confutation of the Scepticism of the Present Day, which Obtained a Prize at Oxford, Nov. 26th, 1872
Hodder and Stoughton, 1874 - 398 pages
Intro -- Contents -- List of Additional Notes and Illustrations -- Preface -- Chapter 1 -- Introductory: Motives of Essay- Division into Chapters- Method of Study- Consilient Proofs -- Synopsis of Chapter 1 -- Additional Notes and Illustrations -- Introductory -- Additional Notes and Illustrations to Chapter 1 -- A. The Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone and Others on Modern Scepticism -- Extract from Mr. Gladstone's Address Delivered at the Liverpool Collegiate Institution, December 21st, 1872. -- B. On Corruption of the Judgment by Misdirected Moral Sentiments -- C. On Special Pleading in History and Morals -- D. On the Method Employed in This Essay -- E. On the Effect of Consilient Proofs -- Chapter 2 -- Philosophy of Design: Hostile Criticisms Examined-Explanations and Restatements -- Synopsis of Chapter 2 -- Additional Notes and Illustrations -- Philosophy of Design -- Additional Notes and Illustrations to Chapter 2 -- A. On the Abstract Reasonings Involved in Natural Theology -- B. On the Phrase "Design Implies a Designer -- C. Hume on the Analogies of Art and Nature. [Referred to in Footnote (E) in the Preceding Chapter.] -- D. The Pantheistic Consequences Charged Upon Physical Speculations -- E. The Extent and Divisions of the Science of Natural Theology -- F. On Teleology -- Chapter 3 -- Conditions of Human Knowledge: Its Disabilities and First Principles-Idealism-Positivism-Materialism- We Must Accept Ultimate Truths -- Synopsis of Chapter 3 -- Additional Notes and Illustrations -- Additions to Corollary -- Conditions of Human Knowledge -- Additional Notes and Illustrations to Chapter 3 -- A. Account of Some Theories Respecting Our Personal Identity -- B. Extracts from Popular Lectures, by Professor Helmholtz, on the Recent Progress of the Theory of Vision -- C. Helmholtz on Specialties of Sensibility.
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Page 85 - When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number'} No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
Page 378 - STERN Daughter of the Voice of God ! O Duty ! if that name thou love Who art a light to guide, a rod To check the erring, and reprove ; Thou, who art victory and law When empty terrors overawe, From vain temptations dost set free, And calm'st the weary strife of frail humanity!
Page 75 - He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Page 2 - Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet — Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
Page 185 - For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can ORSERVE anything but the perception.
Page 378 - But thee I now would serve more strictly, if I may. Through no disturbance of my soul, Or strong...
Page 184 - THERE are some philosophers who imagine we are every moment intimately conscious of what we call our self; that we feel its existence and its continuance in existence; and are certain, beyond the evidence of a demonstration, both of its perfect identity and simplicity.
Page 312 - For take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on when he finds himself maintained by a man, who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura, which courage is manifestly such as that creature, without that confidence, of a better nature than his own could never attain. So man, when he resteth and assureth himself upon divine protection and favor, gathereth a force and faith which human nature in itself could not obtain.