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" HAD rather believe all the fables in the legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind: and, therefore, God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. "
Essays, Moral, Economical, and Political - Page 82
by Francis Bacon - 1812 - 295 pages
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1997 - 666 pages
...DONNE, (c. 1572-1631) British divine, metaphysical poet. "The Progress of the Soul," St. 52. Atheism 1 I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend,...without a Mind; and, therefore, God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. FRANCIS BACON, (1561-1626) British...
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Leaps of Faith: Science, Miracles, and the Search for Supernatural Consolation

Nicholas Humphrey - 1999 - 290 pages
...further living proof of his wisdom and munificence. Francis Bacon expressed the general faith in 1612: 'I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend,...Alcoran than that this universal frame is without a Mind ... It is true that a little [natural] philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy...
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The Biology of Belief: How Our Biology Biases Our Beliefs and Perceptions

Joseph Giovannoli - 2000 - 391 pages
...learned about Nature. Francis Bacon acknowledged, "I had rather believe all the fables in the [Golden] Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind." 4 It is a fact of human behavior that disappointment can lead either to rejection or acceptance. Rejection...
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The Essayes Or Counsels, Civill and Morall

Francis Bacon - 2000 - 470 pages
...the more Mans Nature runs to, the more ought Law to weed it out' (IIII. 3-4); 'I had rather beleeve all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, then that this universall Frame, is without a Minde' (XVI. 3-5); 'Houses are built to Live in, and...
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Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the ...

Will Durant - 2002 - 351 pages
..."seasons" his philosophy with religion "as with salt. I had rather believe all the fables in the [Golden] Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind." He puts atheism in its place in a famous passage twice repeated. He analyzes the causes of atheism...
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But Not Philosophy: Seven Introductions to Non-Western Thought

George Anastaplo - 2002 - 428 pages
...Abraham Lincoln, p. 81. Chapter Five Buddhist Thought 1 had rather believe all ihe fables in the [Golden] Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran than that...is without a mind. And therefore God never wrought miracle to convince [refute] atheism. because his ordinary works convince it. 1t is true, that a little...
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The Major Works

Francis Bacon - 2002 - 868 pages
...that this universal frame0 is without a mind. And therefore God never wrought miracle to convince0 atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. It is true, that a little philosophy incline) h man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about0 to religion....
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Excess and the Mean in Early Modern English Literature

Joshua Scodel - 2002 - 388 pages
...system traditionally condemned for being atheistic — as closer to true religion: I had rather beleeve all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, then that this universall Frame, is without a Minde. And therefore, God never wrought Miracle, to convince...
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God

Timothy A. Robinson - 2002 - 452 pages
...of a benevolent and intelligent Designer. Bacon expressed this belief forcibly: T had rather beleave all the Fables in the Legend and the Talmud and the...Alcoran than that this Universal Frame is without a Minde.' So, in some moods, does the universe strike us. But sometimes, when we are in other moods,...
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"You Will be My Witnesses": A Festschrift in Honor of the Reverend Dr ...

Allison A. Trites, R. Glenn Wooden, Timothy R. Ashley, Robert S. Wilson - 2003 - 346 pages
...contrary, at the beginning of his celebrated essay "Of Atheism" he famously declared: I had rather beleeve all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, then that this universall Frame, is without a Minde. And 15See C. Leslie, The Second Part of the Wolf...
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