The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 2

The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 2

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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: ...of Conrucrus to exercise their' offices " in hoc coeli et terrae medio," to bring bleffings on the good, and punishments on the wicked. The book Xu Kim says expressly, that their great emperor and legillator XuN sacrisiced to XAM TI, and to the six principal spirits. Another claffical book mentions a very antient edict, by which all the people are commanded to pay honor to the Supreme Emperor of heaven, and likewise to the spirits, that the T Yide CoNFUc. spirits spirits may intercede for the happiness of the people, " ut pro populo flagitarent felicitatem." Such passages, and a multitude of. others to the like effect, are found in antient books of the Chinese, as we learn from the Jesuits, from whom alone we can have any tolerable information; and it should seem that such authorities were sufficient to decide'the controversy, and to leave no doubt whether the antient people of this country believed a God, or were atheists. But the men of letters among them at this time profess a sort of spinozism, to which they endeavour to reconcile these passages, and there are many examples in the Scientia finica of the extrava Tin', atheists insist, and the theists admit, that the word Tien, which signifies heaven, is frequently used now, and was so antiently, as synonymous to the words Xam Ti. What the atheists would infer from thence is obvious, but by no means conclusive. Their forefathers imagined, asl believe that all the antient people of the world did, and as almost all the people of the world do still, that the habitation of God, and all celeflial beings, was above that canopy which appeared to be spread over their heads, and which they called heaven. From hence the custom arose of employing the word_ which fignifies the...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953169
  • 9781236953162