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Push the same inference a step farther; and you will find a numerous society of deities as explicable as one universal deity, who possesses, within himself, the powers and perfections of the whole society.
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But how shall he support this enthusiasm itself? Is it possible, that, during the revolutions of a whole eternity, there never arose a Columbuswho might open the communication between Europe and that continent? It must be a slight fabric, indeed, said Demeawhich can be erected on so tottering a foundation. Let Experience, therefore, dialogues concerning natural religion pdf download from these samples.
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And though order were supposed inseparable from matter, and inherent in it; yet may matter be susceptible of many and great revolutions, through the endless periods of eternal duration.
But what wild, arbitrary suppositions are these? But how this argument can have place, where the objects, as in the present case, are single, individual, without parallel, or specific resemblance, may be difficult to explain.
Can you explain their operations, and anatomize that fine internal structure, on which they depend? These would all be possible; but being all equally possible, he would never, of himself, give a satisfactory account for his preferring one of them to the rest.
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SecondlyYou have no reason, on your theory, for ascribing perfection to the Deity, even in his finite capacity; or for supposing him free from every error, mistake, or incoherence in his undertakings. I know not; I care not; that concerns not me. In like manner as a tree sheds its seed into the neighbouring fields, and produces other trees; so the great vegetable, the world, or this planetary system, produces within itself certain seeds, dialogues concerning natural religion pdf download, being scattered into the surrounding chaos, vegetate into new worlds.
During ignorant ages, such as those which followed the dissolution of the ancient schools, the priests perceived, that Atheism, Deism, or heresy of any kind, could only proceed from the presumptuous questioning of received opinions, and from a belief, that human reason was equal to every thing.
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But is a part of nature a rule for another part very wide of the former? You will find it to be nothing but one great machine, subdivided into an infinite number of lesser machines, which again admit of subdivisions, to a degree beyond what human senses and faculties can trace and explain. Or how do you Mysticswho maintain the absolute incomprehensibility of the Deity, differ from Sceptics or Atheists, who assert, that the first cause of all is unknown and unintelligible?
Every departure on either side diminishes the probability, and renders the experiment less conclusive. Therefore its cause must also resemble that of the other.
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Wikisource has original text related to this article: But I shall confine myself, at present, to one equally celebrated for piety and philosophy. The essence of that supreme mind, his attributes, the manner of his existence, the naturzl nature of his duration; these and every particular, which regards feligion divine a Being, are mysterious to men.
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And where is the difficulty, replied Philoof that supposition? But I observe, says Cleantheswith regard concernimg you, Philoand all speculative sceptics, that your doctrine and practice are as much at variance in the most abstruse points of theory as in the conduct of common life.
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