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and a great deal more might be instanced in of a like Nature* and Things that bear such plain Impresses os the Divine Wisdom and Care, that they manifest the Superintendence of the infinite Creator.
Thus I have givarni Sketch of another Branch of the Creation, which (although one of the meanest, yet) if it was" accurately viewed, would abundantly manifest it self to be the Work of God. But because I have been so long upon the other Parts, although less than they deserve, 1 rriust therefore content my self with those general Hints I have given i which may however serve as Specimens of what might have been more largely said about this -infenour Part of the animated Creation.
As to the Inanimate Part^ such as Stones, Minerals, Earths, and such-like, that which I have already said in the Beginning shall suffice. . .
PraEikal Inferences from the foregoing Survey.
A VIN G in the preceding Books carried my Survey as far as I care at present to engage my self, all that remaineth, is to draw some Inferences from the foregoing Scene of the great Creator's Works, and so conclude this Part of my intended Work. .
TH E first Inference I shall m'p.ke, shall be by way of Confirmation of the Text, That the Works of the Lard arc ye at (a). And this is necessary to be observed, not against the Htheist only, but all other careless, incurious Observers of God's Works. Many of. our useful Labours, and some of our best modern Books siiall be condemned" with only this Note of Reproach, That they are
(a) Equidem ne laudare quidem fans pro merito pojfum ejus Sapitntiam ac Poientiam, qui animalia fabricatui est. Nam fjn/kiodi opera non Laadibns modo, verum etiam Hymnis funt tnajora, qua priufquam inspexijjemus, fieri non pojj'e perfuafum habeamus, confpicati ver'o, fatsos nos opinione fuiffe comperimus. Galen, de Us. Part. L. 7. c. 1 j.
about trivial Matters (£), when in Truth they are ingenious and noble Discoveries of the Works of GOD. And how often will many own the World in general to be a Manifestation of the Infinite Creator, but look upon the several Parts thereof as only Toys and Trifles, scarce deserving their Regard? But in the foregoing (I may call it) transient View 1 have given of this lower, and most flighted Part of the Creation, I have, I hope, abundantly made out, that all the Works of the Lord, from the most regarded, admired, and praised, to the meanest and most flighted, are great and glorious Works, incomparably contrived, and as admirably made, fitted up, and placed in the World. So far then are any of the Works of the LORD, (even those esteemed the meanest) from deserving to be disregarded, or contemned by us (c)y that on the contrary they deserve (as shall be sliewn in the next Chapter) to be fought out, enquired after, and curiously and diligently pryed into by us j as I have shewed the Word in the Text implies. ^^
That God'x Works ought to be enrptir'd into, and that such Enquiries are commendable.
THE Creator doubtless did not bestow so much Curiosity, and exquisite Workmanship and Skill upon his Creatures, so be looked upon with a careless, incurious Eye, especially to have them slighted of coBtemned; but to be admired by the rational. Part os the World, to magnify his own Power, Wisdom and Goodness throughout all the World, and the Ages thereof. And therefore We may look upon ic as a great Error, not to anfwet those Ends of the infinite Creator^ but rather to oppose and affront them. On the contrary, my Text commends GOD's Works, not only for being great, but also approves of those curious add ingenious Enquirers, that seek tfWhout^ or pry into them. And the more we pry into, and discover of them, the greater and more glorious we find them to be, the more worthy of, and the more exprefly to proclaim their great Creator.
Commendable then are the Researches, which many sftnongst us have, of late Years, made into the Works of Nature, more than hath been done in some Ages before. And therefore when we are asked, Cut Bono? To what Purpose such Enquiries, such Pains, such Ex-pence? The Answer is easy, It is to answer the Ends for which GOD bestowed so much Art, Wisdom and Power about them, as well as given us Senses to view and survey them} and an Understanding and Curiosity to search into them: It is to follow and trace him, when and whither he leads us, that we may
see and admire his Handy-work our selves, and set it forth to others, that they may fee, admire and praise it also- I shall then conclude this Inference with what Elibu recommends, Job xxxvi. 24, 2f. Remember that thou magnify bis Work, which Men behold. Every Man may fee it, Men may behold it afar off.
That God'J Works are manifest to all: Whence the Unreasonableness of Infidelity.
TH E concluding Words of the preceding Chapter suggests a third Inference, that the Works of GOD are so visible to all the World, and withal such manifest Indications of the Being, and Attributes of the infinite Creator, that they plainly argue the Vilend^ and Perverfness of the Atheist, and leave him inexcusable. For it is a sign a Man is a wilful, perverse Atheist, that will impute so glorious a Work, as the Creation is, to any Thing, yea, a mere Nothing (as Chance is) rather than to GOD (a). .'Tis a sign the Man is wilfully blind,
(a) Galen having taken notice of the neat Distribution as the Nerves to the Muscles, and other Parts of the Face, cries out, Hit enim fortune funt opera.! Ctterum turn omnibus [partibus] immitti, tantofque effi fingulos [nervos] magnitudine, quanta farticult erat necejfe; haud fcio an homin'um fit fobriorum ad Fortunam epifieem id revocare. Alioqui quid tandem erit, quod cum Providentia v Arte efficifur.' Omnino enim hoc ei contrarium effe dehet, quod Ca/u ac Fortuito fit. And afterwards, H&c quidem atque ejufmodi Artis foil. acSafientU opera ejfe dicemus, fi rnoio Fortune tribuenda funt que :. funt