Four Dissertations: On providence. On prayer. On the reasons for expecting that virtuous men shall meet after death in a state of happiness. On the importance of Christianity, the nature of historical evidence, and miracles. I. II.. III.. IV.
T. Cadell, 1772 - 464 pages
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Page 43 - 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 anything else by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking can ever fall into it.
Page 462 - He that believeth on him is not condemned : but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Page 387 - ... person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and according to the superiority, which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous, than the event which he relates; then, and not till then, can he pretend to command my belief or opinion.
Page 458 - God, and every eye shall see him coming in the clouds with power and great glory ; and all that are in their graves shall hear his voice, and come forth ; they that have done good to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation.
Page 297 - And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Page 333 - For what is our hope, our joy, our crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy," These, I say, with many others of a like nature, have been great refreshments to me.
Page 329 - ... to the city of the living God, to an innumerable company of angels, to the church of the firstborn, to the spirits of the just made perfect.
Page 176 - Learning, lib. i. to to cleave unto them, and dwell too much upon them, fo as to forget what is fuperior in nature. But when we pafs further, and behold the dependency, continuation and confederacy of caufes, and the works of providence, then, according to the allegory of the poets, we eafily believe that the higheft link of nature's chain muft needs be tied to the foot of Jupiter's chair ; or perceive " That philofophy, like •' Jacob's vifion, difcovers to us a ladder, whofe " top reaches up to...
Page 440 - There is a very strong presumption against common speculative truths, and against the most ordinary facts, before the proof of them; which yet is overcome by almost any proof. There is a presumption of millions to one, against the story of Caesar, or of any other man.