The History of English Rationalism in the Nineteenth Century, Volume 1

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Longmans, Green, 1906 - Philosophy, English - 983 pages

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Page 229 - All strength — all terror, single or in bands, That ever was put forth in personal form — Jehovah — with his thunder, and the choir Of shouting Angels, and the empyreal thrones — I pass them unalarmed.
Page 79 - There be that give worship to a man that was once of excellent virtue or of famous glory, not only as God, but also as the chiefest and highest God. But the most and the wisest part (rejecting all these) believe that there is a certain Godly power unknown...
Page 424 - ... unchecked liberty of thought, unbounded freedom of individual action in all modes not hurtful to others ; but also, convictions as to what is right and wrong, useful and pernicious, deeply engraven on the feelings by early education and general unanimity of sentiment...
Page 248 - The inevitable result of all consequent reasoning, in which the intellect refuses to acknowledge a higher or deeper ground than it can itself supply...
Page 400 - For instance, the doctrine of a Trinity is found both in the East and in the West; so is the ceremony of washing; so is the rite of sacrifice. The doctrine of the Divine Word...
Page 249 - All speculative disquisition must begin with postulates, which the conscience alone can at once authorize and substantiate : and from whichever point the reason may start, from the things which are seen to the one invisible, or from the idea of the absolute one to the things that are seen, it will find a chasm, which the moral being only, which the spirit and religion of man alone, can fill up.
Page 167 - A miracle may be accurately defined, a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent.
Page 390 - TRY IT. It has been eighteen hundred years in existence : and has one individual left a record, like the following ? " I tried it ; and it did not answer. I made the experiment faithfully according to the directions ; and the result has been, a conviction of my own credulity.
Page 80 - But the most and the wisest part (rejecting all these) believe that there is a certain godly power unknown, everlasting, incomprehensible, inexplicable, far above the capacity and reach of man's wit, dispersed throughout all the world, not in bigness, but in virtue and power. Him they call the father of all.
Page 338 - I will not shrink from uttering my firm conviction, that it would be a gain to this country, were it vastly more superstitious, more bigoted, more gloomy, more fierce in its religion, than at present it shows itself to be.

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