An Account of the Life and Writings of W. Paley

An Account of the Life and Writings of W. Paley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...the plan adopted in his lectures was adhered to in his work, though much enlarged. For his Evidences there is but a very crude and misshapen substance discoverable in his lectures, from which to draw any thing like a connected performance. In the one it is not difficult to recognise the plan, in the other it is more than difiicult. Indeed so little does he seem to have decided with himself to what purpose he Hsidering and remodelling them, he appears to have should turn these last, that even whilst he was recon' P Q _changed his plan. His general mode of composition and the unconnectedness of his rough sketches have been already observed, as suggested by a peep into.his manuscript papers and books: and it may be that this very confusion gives rise to conjectures rather fanciful than well warranted; since what seems to us to stand without connexion, and as if written with a hasty snatch of his pen in any page, may to him who was master of his plan have had a very intelligible connexion and consistency. The books into which the Evidences of Christianity of which he treats were collected are in eight or ten numbers, and of different sizes, crammed with short and detached sentences, some of which are divided into heads, and others intermingled with a curious variety of heterogeneous stuff. To these books may be added a great many loose sheets of paper, which contain the most sub. stantial part of his work. Most of these detached sentences are marked as if received and placed in order, and appear in the body of the work scattered in different corners. These same marks, and the passages so marked, are to be found very generallyin his lecture-book also. Such statements will scarcely be thought too minute, if they enable us to ascertain, both the...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844432
  • 9781236844439