Stray Feathers. a Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies Volume 3

Stray Feathers. a Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies Volume 3

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...people from his misused throne, this is accepted as the handiwork of God by myriads who would deem it profane to suppose that he had any concern with the daily slaughter of animals for human consumption. Sometimes the compromise takes another form, and the notion seems to be that the Creator has from time to time imparted successive impulses to the world or things in it, leaving it and them in the interim to run on in accordance with natural laws, and thus through long past ages has created now this, now that association of animated beings. Still, as the natural platform gradually varied, and existing forms slowly became obsolete, replacing them by others more appropriate to the cycle. To those who can look through the clouds of language into the firmament of thought, it is needless to demonstrate that inexorably limited as our powers of conception are, no real difference that we can appreciate underlies these different views; the essential proposition in each is identical, and they stand apart in virtue only of the words in which they are clothed, and the varying set of inchoate ideas which each individual mentally associates with these. Creator, God, Creative Energy, Natural Laws--are all beyond our conceptive faculties. Each mind conjures up some more or less vague cluster of ideas, which represents what it understands by these words; but no mind can ever arrive at a sufficiently definite and perfect conception of the powers themselves to decide whether they are all identical, distinct, or merely allotropic essences. And as a matter of fact, as might have been expected from these premises, no formula of words that we may adopt, as representing to us our abstract conception of the universal scheme, can, if we reason logically, affect our...
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678249
  • 9781236678249