An Original Essay on the Immateriality & Immortality of the Human Soul, Founded Solely on Physical and Rational Principles

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A. Neal, bookseller, 1810 - 210 pages

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Page 45 - We have the ideas of matter and thinking, but possibly shall never be able to know whether any mere material being thinks or no;* it being impossible for us, by the contemplation of our own ideas, without revelation, to discover whether Omnipotency has not given to some systems of matter fitly disposed, a power to perceive and think...
Page 107 - An exclusion of all parts is necessary to the existence of an immaterial substance ; and to suppose a being to be dissolved, from the very nature of whose existence a capacity of dissolution is necessarily excluded, is a flat contradiction ; — it is supposing a being to be capable, and yet incapable, of dissolution at the same time. Whatever has parts, cannot be immaterial ; and what has no parts can never lose them. To suppose an immaterial substance to have parts, destroys its immateriality ;...
Page 122 - The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
Page 104 - Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die : And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain : But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed its own body.
Page vi - ACHILLES' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing ! That wrath which hurl'd to Pluto's gloomy reign The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain ; Whose limbs, unburied on the naked shore, Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore; Since great Achilles and Atrides strove, Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove.
Page 106 - Rich in expedients for inquietude, Is prone to paint it dreadful. Who can take Death's portrait true; the tyrant never sat. Our sketch all random strokes; conjecture all; Close shuts the grave, nor tells one single tale.
Page 8 - Volume, that 1 have therefore drawn over the book of God the most distant shade of disrespect. The mind that can harbour such an idea, must form but a very partial conception of my undertaking. The Bible I consider as the great repository of sacred knowledge ; and moral philosophy can be no » longer right, than while it acts in concert with revelation. I consider moral truth, as an elevated mountain...

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