Considerations on Miracles: Containing the Substance of an Article in the British Critic, on Mr. Penrose's Treatise on the Evidence of the Scripture Miracles with Additions

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John Murray, 1828 - Miracles - 188 pages
 

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Page 67 - If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, " Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them ;" thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Page 67 - And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death ; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God...
Page 86 - I am not so foolish as to pretend my certainty to be greater than it is merely because it is a dishonour to be less certain, nor will I by shame be kept from confessing those infirmities which those have as much as I who hypocritically reproach me with them.
Page 86 - My certainty that I am a man, is before my certainty that there is a God ; my certainty that there is a God, is greater than my certainty that he requireth love and holiness of his...
Page 136 - ... we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel, but the chief priests and our rulers have delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
Page 87 - ... souls; my certainty of the Deity is greater than my certainty of the Christian Faith; my certainty of the Christian Faith in its essentials is greater than my certainty of the perfection and infallibility of all the Holy Scriptures; my certainty of that is greater than my certainty of the meaning of many particular texts, and so of the truth of many particular doctrines or of the canonicalness of some certain books.
Page 21 - ... the disposal of them, after their expulsion, and accounts given how they were actually disposed of; when I find desires and passions ascribed peculiarly to them, and similitudes taken from the conduct which they usually observe; it is impossible for me to deny their existence, without admitting that the sacred historians were, either deceived themselves, in regard to them, or intended to deceive their readers.
Page 52 - ... vigour. But, however this may be, the existence of such instances is but too notorious. There are persons, unhappily, who have the power of setting their face like a flint against the proof of any proposition that offends their prejudices, or that stimulates into active resistance certain peculiar elements in their mental composition. With individuals of this class, mathematical demonstration itself would, probably, be unavailing. It has been suggested by...
Page 53 - ... a strict vegetable diet, what carnivorous student of geometry would ever get to the end of the first book of Euclid ? Or if we could conceive the doctrine of Fluxions had, somehow or other, been combined with an obligation to abstain from the use of wine, does any one believe that it would have gained its present undisputed establishment throughout the scientific world ? Should we not, at this very day, have many a thirsty analyst protesting that he was under an absolute inability to comprehend,...
Page 53 - I. 47), were to impose on mathematicians the Pythagorean maxim of a strict vegetable diet, what carnivorous student of geometry would ever get to the end of the first book of Euclid? Or if we could conceive the doctrine of Fluxions had, somehow or other, been combined with an obligation to abstain from the use of wine, does...

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