A Sketch of the Life, Charcter, and Writings of the REV. James Y. M'Ginnes, of Shade Gap, Pa

A Sketch of the Life, Charcter, and Writings of the REV. James Y. M'Ginnes, of Shade Gap, Pa

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...the inferior animals, he is endowed with a reason which far surpasses every instinct of the brute, and avails for every contingency. In instinct there is no improvement or advancement. The mere animal races just act as they have done for generations. They have no inventive power; they make no new discoveries. But the mind and reason of man are ever progressing, and no limits can be set to the sphere of their operations. He is ever ranging the world in search of new discoveries, or is taxing his ingenuity to multiply useful or curious inventions. With the telescope he can sweep the starry heayens, and bring within the range of his vision hitherto unknown creations of omnipotence. Availing himself of the magnifying powers of the microscope, he can discover a world of animated nature upon a single leaf of the forest, and in a drop of water with its numerous inhabitants behold an ocean in miniature. With the mariner's compass in his hand he can guide his way across perilous oceans, and hold intercourse with the inhabitants of the most distant climes. 'By a practical use of his philosophy, he can make the elements of nature do his bidding and administer to his comfort, even plucking the lightning from the thundercloud and making it the messenger of his thoughts, and the servant of his will. Such is the high pre-eminence on which he stands, such the mighty gulf that separates him from the brutal natures that surround him, and that act merely from the impulses of an innate and immutable instinct. Yet, after all, man is but a mortal. This light of heaveil which flashes forth in the scintillations of his genius, so astonishing to himself and others, is but like the course of the meteor across the midnight sky; or like the dazzling brilliancy of a moment...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659082
  • 9781236659088