The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 1

The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 1

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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. 1754 edition. Excerpt: ...with money. But in this kind of payment there _has been much abuse, and much deceit. Superstition attempted to make these counters pass for real money; and, instead of keeping the word chance to signify in it's application nothing more than this, that the cause of an event was unknown, to make it pass for an actual cause and a positive Being. I Superstition impersonated it under the name of fortune: and this chimerical divinity was supposed to direct arbitrarily all the events whose causes were not apparent, or which exceeded in 'good or ill the expectations of men. The heathens accounted by it for past events, consulted it about future, and referred themselves to it in doubtful to CHARLES the first, were with him in the ille of Wight, where CROMWELL kept him in prison till he brought him to the block. Their amusement, for it could be nothing more, was to try the Sortes Virgilianae; and in trying them it is reported that the unfortunate prince dipped on those terrible imprecations that Drno makes against AENEAS and his posterity, in the fourth book of the Eneid. I SAID that these fuperstitious usages have been applied profancly and cruelly by Christians: and _I was in the right to say so. What could be more profane than the practice of opening the sacred books, in order to take from the first passage that occurred a prognostic of events, and to degrade them to the same silly use that the heathens made of their poems? What could be more cruel than the custom of deciding causes criminal, and civil too, by duels z which was introduced by the barbarous northern nations; and was, notwithstanding the declarations of some popes against it, so far approved by the church, that it was folu lowed on many occasions in ecclefiastical controvcrfies, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892070
  • 9781236892072