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Pro certo habeant homines non fectæ nos alicujus aut placiti, sed utilitatis &
Baconus De Augm. Scient. Præf.
O X FORD:
ROYAL EXCHANGE, LONDON.
O this general Chart of Truth, Spe
culative, Practical, and Poetical, I come now to add another and farther
province: a province superior in its origin, more universal in its comprehension, and more important in its use; in which the INTELLECT, VOL. II.
the Will, and the IMAGINATION, have all the fullest and sublimest exercise.
In this province, truth does not spring from any Material subject in the compass of the universe, or from the Mind of man in its ope, rations and effects, as in those which have been discussed; but from another and much higher source, the Mind or Will of God, more immediately and directly dispensed, than by the ordinary administration of his providence: And, as it is derived from the divinest origin, it has in view the noblest end the immortal happiness of man “.
This is a field of knowledge productive of a species of truth which, logically considered, is more different from the kinds that have been analyzed and arranged in the preceding volume, than any .of them are from each other, constituting the science of a THEOLOGY, with which Aristotle was, entirely unacquainted: but, as Reason is more dire&tly or indirectly concerned with all truth that relates to man, this species, however superior
* See p. 126, 217, 268, of the first volume.