Nature and the Supernatural, as Together Constituting the One System of God

Nature and the Supernatural, as Together Constituting the One System of God

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...or a providence that is done outside of all system and law, he is so far on the way to polytheism. The unity of God always perishes, when the unity of order and law is lost. And we may as well believe in one God, acting on or against another, as in the same God acting outside of all fixed laws and terms of immutable order. Indeed I suppose it was in just this way that polytheism began. The transition is easy and natural, from a superstitious belief in one God who acts without system, to a belief in many who will much more naturally do the same. But the main difficulty here, is not to establish a reasonable conviction that the supernatural works of God must be dispensed by fixed laws; it is to find how this may be, or be intelligently conceived. And here lies the main stress of our present inquiry. To open the way then to a just and clear conception of the great fact stated, it will be necessary to enter into some important distinctions concerning law, or what is properly meant by the word law. The word is used with many varieties of meaning, but always, and in all its varieties, having one element that is constant, viz., the opinion had of its uniformity; as that, in exactly the same circumstances, it will always and forever do, bring to pass, direct, or command precisely the same thing. Without this no law is ever regarded as a law. Observing this fundamental fact, we notice the distinction next of natural and moral law. Natural law is the law by which any kind of being or thing is made to act invariably, thus or thus, in virtue of terms inherent in itself; as when any body of matter gravitates by reason of its matter, and according to the quantity of its matter. Moral law pertains never to a thing, or to any substance in the chain of cause and...
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