Evolution and Natural Theology

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W. Swan Sonnenschein, 1883 - Evolution - 208 pages

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Page 15 - And every plant of the field before it was in the earth and every herb of the field before it grew for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth and there was not a man to till the ground...
Page 95 - My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Page 42 - Which strike ev'n eyes incurious ; but each moss, Each shell, each crawling insect, holds a rank Important in the plan of Him who framed This scale of beings ; holds a rank which lost Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap Which Nature's self would rue.
Page 63 - In the matter of speed, a limit of a definite kind as regards land animals does exist in nature. All the swiftest animals — deer, antelopes, hares, foxes, lions, leopards, horses, zebras, and many others — have reached very nearly the same degree of speed. Although the swiftest of each must have been for ages preserved, and the slowest must have perished, we have no reason to believe there is any advance of speed. The possible limit under existing conditions, and perhaps under possible terrestrial...
Page 119 - ... natural selection ;" and when the ocean will be the only domain in which that power can be exerted, which for countless cycles of ages ruled supreme over all the earth.
Page 188 - The average ability of the Athenian race is, on the lowest possible estimate, very nearly two grades higher than our own, that is, about as much as our race is above that of the African Negro.
Page 41 - Some say, he bid his angels turn askance The poles of earth, twice ten degrees and more, From the sun's axle ; they with labour push'd Oblique the centric globe.
Page 31 - The saying of the wise man is wrested against him, and he is assured that " the thing that hath been, it is that which shall be, and that which is done is that which shall be done, and there is no new thing under the sun.
Page 158 - Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity. And of the species now living very few will transmit progeny of any kind to a far distant futurity...
Page 141 - WILL, while we have no knowledge of any other primary cause of force, it does not seem an improbable conclusion that all force may be will-force ; and thus, that the whole universe is not merely dependent on, but actually is, the WILL of higher intelligences or of one Supreme Intelligence.

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