Essays, Scientific and Literary

Essays, Scientific and Literary

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...period; so likewise the properties of matter with which we are permitted to become cognizant, may form but a small portion of those of which it is susceptible, or with which the Creator may have endowed it in other portions of the universe. We are told, that in a future and a higher state of existence, the chief occupation of the blessed is that of praising and worshipping the Almighty. But is not the contemplation of the works of the Creator, and the study of the ordinances of the. Great Lawgiver of the universe, in itself an act of praise and adoration; and, if so, may not one at least of the sources of happiness which we are promised in a future state of existence, one of the rewards for a singleminded and reverential pursuit after truth in our present state of trial, consist in a development of our faculties, and in the power of comprehending those laws and provisions of Nature with which our finite reason prevents us at pre sent from becoming cognizant? _ Such are a few of the reflections which the study of Physical Science, cultivated in a right spirit, naturally suggests; and I ask you, whether they are not more calculated to inspire humility than to foster conceit; to render us more deeply conscious how much of the vast field of knowledge must ever lie concealed from our view--how small a portion of the veil of Isis it is given us to lift up--and therefore to dispose us to accept, with a more unhesitating faith, the knowledge vouchsafed from on high, on subjects which our own unassisted reason is incapable of fathoming. " Let us not, therefore," to use the language of a living Prelate, " think scorn of the pleasant 1and." " That land is the field of ancient and modern Literature--of Philosophy more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882962
  • 9781236882967