The Religion of Philosophy

The Religion of Philosophy

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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. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...the other also; the one is not before or after the other, but they are coexistent together, and co-temporaries; and as they began existence in a necessary dependence on each other, so they terminate together in death and dissolution. This is the original order to which animal nature is subjected, as applied to every species of it: the beasts of the field, ' the fowls of the air, the fish of the sea, with reptiles, and all manner of beings, which are possessed of animal life; nor is pain, Sickness, or mortality any part of God's punishment for sin, for all animated nature, rational or irrational, in this world, are equally subject to these physical evils. On the other hand, sensual happiness is no part of the reward of virtue; to reward moral actions with what are deemed the good things of this world, such as a plenty of wine, and a haunch of venison, compared to the bare sustenance of others, would be as inadequate, as to measure a triangle with sound; for virtue and vice pertain to the mind, and their merits or demerits have their just effects on the conscience, as has been before evinced: but animal gratifi--' cations are common to the human race indiscriminately, and also to the beasts of the field; and physical evils as promiscuously and universally extend to the whole, so that " there is no knowing good or evil by all that is before us, for all is vanity." It was not among the number of possibles, that animal life should be exempted from mortality; omnipotence itself could not have made it capable of eternalization and indissolubility, for the self-same Nature which constitutes animal life, subjects it to decay and dissolution, so that the one cannot be without the other, any more than there could be a...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789997
  • 9781236789990