A view of the principal deistical writers ... in England in the last and present century, Volume 1

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Page 304 - ... and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves ; of such undoubted integrity as to place them beyond all suspicion of any design to deceive others ; of such credit and reputation in the eyes of mankind as to have a great deal to lose in case of...
Page 267 - Here, then, is a kind of preestablished harmony between the course of nature and the succession of our ideas ; and though the powers and forces by which the former is governed, be wholly unknown to us, yet our thoughts and conceptions have still, we find, gone on in the same train with the other works of nature.
Page 298 - A miracle may be accurately defined, a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent.
Page 293 - A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.
Page 274 - It is only when two species of objects are found to be constantly conjoined that we can infer the one from the other; and were an effect presented which was entirely singular and could not be comprehended under any known species, I do not see that we could form any conjecture or inference at all concerning its cause.
Page 276 - When we infer any particular cause from an effect, we must proportion the one to the other and can never be allowed to ascribe to the cause any qualities but what are exactly sufficient to produce the effect.
Page 24 - ... me that I took my petition as granted, and that I had the sign I demanded, whereupon also I resolved to print my book.
Page 276 - The Deity is known to us only by his productions, and is a single being in the universe, not comprehended under any species or genus, from whose experienced attributes or qualities we can, by analogy, infer any attribute or quality in him.
Page 266 - And though none but a fool or madman will ever pretend to dispute the authority of experience or to reject that great guide of human life...
Page 335 - Religion^ who have undertaken to defend it by the principles of human reafon. Our moft holy religion is founded on Faith, not on reafon ; and 'tis a fure method of expofing it to put it to fuch a trial as it is, by no means, fitted to endure.

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