The Indications of the Creator; Or, the Natural Evidences of Final Cause

The Indications of the Creator; Or, the Natural Evidences of Final Cause

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...expressed the opinion that, the different species in their progressive development would maintain their typical character; and that if any improvement did take place, it would not result in the least change of form or character. This is the opinion of nearly all of our distinguished Naturalists and Philosophers, and we think the only reasonable view of the subject. A change is not an improvement. While advantageous or disadvantageous circumstances, may improve or injure the organs separately, the nature, form, and character of the plant or the animal, must always remain the same. Professor Agassiz, after being engaged for many years in the observation of fossils, says that he caDnot admit the transmutation of species. Again he says, there is a freedom in the development of animate matter, in which the action of an intelligent and omnipresent Creator may be seen. In the professor's lectures on Embriology, before the Lowell Institute in Boston, he used the most distinct and satisfactory language on this subject: " It has been long and generally asserted," he says, " especially by the physi-philosophers, that the lower animals were first introduced upon our globe, and formed alone the population of the earliest periods in past-time; that Polypi existed before Mollusks; these before the Articulata; and that Yertebrata were the last to make their appearance. But the discoveries in fossil ichthyology which it has been my good fortune to describe in my researches upon fossil fishes, have shown that vertebrated animals--fishes--have existed in the oldest epochs, and that such an order of succession as mentioned before, did not agree with the plan of creation. Indeed, that representations of all the four great divisions of the animal...
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  • English
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  • 1236536266
  • 9781236536266