The Works of Soame, Esq. Including Several Pieces Never Before Published; To Which Are Prefixed, Short Shetches of the History of the Author's Family, and Also of His Life Volume 3

The Works of Soame, Esq. Including Several Pieces Never Before Published; To Which Are Prefixed, Short Shetches of the History of the Author's Family, and Also of His Life Volume 3

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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. 1793 edition. Excerpt: ... be comprehended within any bounds, The intervening period between historical facts we distinguish by the names of 'days and years; the distances between places we call yards and miles; and from this manner of exprefling ourselves they gain the appearance of being something; whereas, abstracted from those facts and places, they are really nothing: so that if all things were annihilated, space would immediately vanish, and, literally speaking, Time would He no more. All the ideas we have of infinity and eternity are acquired by adding, in our imagination, . miles to miles, and years to years, by wzhich means we come neven the nearer to them; for no addition of parts can ever make any thing infinite or eternal: no two objects can be placed at an infinite distance, because they would then be the two ends of infinity; an infinite number is a contradiction in terms, and therefore every thing that is infinite or eternal must exist in some manner which bears no manner of relation to be full of errors and absurdities. If it be afserted, that God might have given to man a more comprehensive reason, and a greater insight into nature and futurity; lanswer, he certainly might, and he might also have given him the strength of the horse, and the swiftness of the stag, as well as the understanding of an angel; but then he had not continued to be man; or if he had, he would have suffered many superior evils from these unhappy acquisitions. If we consider the other method, by which God can communicate a religion to mankind, we Ihall find it no less incapable of producing a perfect one; because though God is sufficiently able to give a perfect religion, man is utterly unable to receive it. God cannot impart knowledge to creatures, of which he himself has...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935764
  • 9781236935762