Four Lectures to Young Men, by a Thomson [and Others]
General Books LLC, 2009 - 64 ページ
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. 1842. Excerpt: ... LECTURE II. REVEALED RELIGION-INDIFFERENCE TO ITS CLAIMS UNREASONABLE. You are aware that the subject proposed for our consideration this evening is--' Revealed Religion--IndifFerence To Its Claims Unreasonable, '--a subject which must commend itself to your attention as one of no ordinary importance. Though religion is usually divided into natural and revealed, it is not easy to fix the boundaries of each; for the religion of nature, as it has been termed, has no doctrines which it can claim as exclusively its own. It is vain to refer us to the philosophical speculations, or the popular creeds of the heathen, as affording evidence of the amount of religious knowledge which unassisted reason can attain. The feeble reflections of divine truth which are to be found in the religious systems of the heathen, have been evidently derived from traditionary information, and must, therefore, be viewed as reflections from Jehovah's original communications to man. We will not argue the question, whether any thing in nature would have led us to discover the existence of an intelligent First Cause, if the idea of God had not been previously suggested to us. The truth is, there never was a period when the world was entirely without a knowledge of God. That knowledge was not discovered by reason; nor did reason, when left to its own unaided resources, ever improve upon it. The notion of a Deity, however, has been made familiar to us; and before we can succeed in banishing it from our minds as an absurdity, we must be prepared to maintain that the most exquisite marks of design afford no proof of a designer; and that the vast temple of universal nature presents no decisive evidence of the existence of an All-wise and Almighty Architect. Now, the man who admits the probable...
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