Thoughts in Aid of Faith: Gathered Chiefly from Recent Works in Theology and Philosophy

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G. Manwaring, 1860 - Faith - 413 pages

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Page 177 - An active Principle : — howe'er removed From sense and observation, it subsists In all things, in all natures ; in the stars Of azure heaven, the unenduring clouds, In flower and tree, in every pebbly stone That paves the brooks, the stationary rocks, The moving waters, and the invisible air.
Page 177 - Happy is he who lives to understand, Not human nature only, but explores All natures, — to the end that he may find The law that governs each ; and where begins The union, the partition where, that makes Kind and degree, among all visible Beings ; The constitutions, powers, and faculties...
Page 179 - But for those first affections, Those shadowy recollections, Which, be they what they may, Are yet the fountain light of all our day, Are yet a master light of all our seeing; Uphold us, cherish, and have power to make Our noisy years seem moments in the being Of the eternal Silence...
Page 115 - But the only distinct meaning of that word is, stated, fixed, or settled ; since what is natural, as much requires and presupposes an intelligent agent to render it so, fe to effect it continually, or at stated times ; as what is supernatural or miraculous does to effect it for once.
Page 334 - the doing good to mankind, in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness.
Page 179 - What was so fugitive ! The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction : not indeed For that which is most worthy to be blest ; Delight and liberty, the simple creed Of childhood, whether busy or at rest, With new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast Not for these I raise...
Page 322 - Rejecting, then, the metaphysical dogma of free will, and the theological dogma of predestined events, we are driven to the conclusion that the actions of men, being determined solely by their antecedents, must have a character of uniformity — that is to say, must, under precisely the same circumstances, always issue in the same results.
Page 318 - Whatever, therefore, the moral and intellectual progress of men may be, it resolves itself not into a progress of natural capacity, but into a progress, if I may so say, of opportunity ; that is, an improvement in the circumstances under which that capacity after birth comes into play. Here, then, lies the gist of the whole matter. The progress is one, not of internal power, but of external advantage.
Page 30 - ... all times in the closeness and depth of His communion with the Father. In reading His sayings, we feel that we are holding converse with the wisest, purest, noblest Being that ever clothed thought in the poor language of humanity. In studying His life, we feel that we are following the footsteps...
Page 276 - Philosophy was the great initiator of science. It rescued the nobler part of man from the dominion of brutish apathy and helpless ignorance, nourished his mind with mighty impulses, exercised it in magnificent efforts, gave him the unslaked, unslakable thirst for knowledge which has dignified his life, and enabled him to multiply tenfold his existence and his happiness.

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