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THE

CERTAINTIES OF GEOLOGY.

"Shall it any longer then be said, that a Science which unfolds such

abundant evidence of the Being and Attributes of God, can reasonably be

viewed in any other light than as the efficient Auxiliary and Handmaid of

Religion? Some few there still may be whom timidity, or prejudice, or

want of opportunity, allow not to examine its evidence; who are alarmed by

the novelty, or surprised by the extent and magnitude, of the views which

Geology forces on their attention; and who would rather have kept closed the

volume of witness, which has been sealed up for ages beneath the surface of

the earth, than impose on the student hi natural theology the duty of studying

its contents; a duty in which for lack of experience they may anticipate a

hazardous or a laborious task, but which, by those engaged in it is found to

afford a rational, and righteous, and delightful exercise of their highest faculties,

in multiplying the evidences of the Existence, and Attributes, and Providence

of God."

Rev. Professor Buckland, D.D.

Bridgewater Treatise, p. 594.

"The facts of Geology have been scrutinized with the utmost jealousy and rigour; and they stand impregnable;—their evidence is made brighter by every assault."

Rev. Dr. Pye Smith, Relation of Geology and Scripture.

THE

CERTAINTIES OF GEOLOGY.

BY

WILLIAM SIDNEY GIBSON, F.G.S.

QUOD VERUM TUTUM.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER, & CO. 65, CORNHILL.

1840.

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TO
THE MOST NOBLE

HENRY, MARQUESS OF LANSDOWNE, K.G.

D.C.L. F.R.S. L. And E., g.S. M.R.S.L. Etc. Etc.

THE PRESENT ESSAY

IS

WITH HIS LORDSHIP'S PERMISSION,

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S MOST OBLIGED AND FAITHFUL HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

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