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produced the hail-stones, to form a substance which the senses could distinguish as liquid fire; and since these elements were the immediate and outflowing creations of the Positive Power, ultimately forming in the process of combination a mass of igneous materials, we may very naturally suppose that these materials represented an external germ, corresponding with that from which it was derived, and containing in itself the inherent powers and forces which were essential to develop all subsequent creations. By employing the inductive method of reasoning and tracing causes from their visible effects, we shall be confirmed in the conclusion which has been expressed in this connection. From the fact, then, that the earth and all other planets with which men have any acquaintance, are discovered to possess a spherical form, we may conclude that the materials of which they were primarily composed were in a liquid state, inasmuch as no solid and compact substance could ever naturally assume this figure; while, on the other hand, it is precisely the form into which a liquid mass whose particles are free to move among themselves, would be necessarily molded by a revolution upon its axis. The characteristics presented by the earth in the flattening of the poles, and the fullness at the equator, serve to confirm the same truth; for the only way in which this peculiarity can be rationally accounted for, is to suppose that the whole body was originally in a state of fluidity, subjected to the action of the inherent forces created by its revolving movement. But again, from the fact that the great centers of the solar systems of the universe which are termed suns, constitute the innate sources of light and heat; and also that the earth, which is the representative of other planets, contains within its heart, according

to the opinion of geologists, those central fires which are the obvious remnant of what primarily composed the entire substance of this body, we arrive at the important fact that the original matter of which the worlds were created, was not only liquid, as we have before seen, but was also of a fiery, or igneous nature. To gain a more vivid conception of this condition, let us suppose that the present structure of the material world were resolved into its primitive elements; let us conceive that the innumerable suns which fill the immensity of space, with all their attendant planets and revolving satellites, should, by some unaccountable impulse, rush from their orbits, fly to one common center, and there, being melted by the consuming breath of Omnipotence, should flow together in one vast and all-expanded ocean of liquid fire, —thus forming a mighty burning sun, whose magnitude no human thought can define, and whose brightness no human eye could bear. This, if the earthly mind has the capacity to comprehend such a result, would represent the component matter of suns and systems. From the substance here referred to were made the first sensible advances toward the grand end to be attained, which was organization and order. This was the immediate and tangible basis on which the structure of the Universe was built, and in this is represented the union of all those more refined elements, from which the streams of life and harmony have flowed. Let it be understood that this ocean of liquid flame was pervaded and actuated by that eternal principle of motion which existed in the very being of the Supreme Intelligence. Through the constant operation of this principle, the great mass of unrefined materials was moved and convulsed with a force and grandeur which can not be conceived. Then, as a necessary

consequence of this internal movement, the component parts of the igneous mass were constantly assuming different and changing relations with regard to each other. Ultimately those portions which were related by the ties of affinity, were drawn together into a compact and condensed form; and this form, being intensified and rendered positive by the concentration of kindred elements, was repelled and thrown off from the great mass as a blazing sun. Then this body, being pervaded by the same principle of motion which actuated the original mass, was caused to undergo a similar process of evolution, by which still smaller bodies were created to attend their parent-sun in its unmeasured course. It should be noticed that, in each instance of evolution, the worlds were thrown off from their primary sun by the force of an electrical repulsion, and this corresponds to what is termed the centrifugal force in astronomical science; but having been repelled to a certain distance in space, which distance depends on the size and density of the sun or planet in relation to its primary, the worlds thus repelled were held in their position, and bound to the body from which they sprang by the force of a magnetic attraction, which corresponds to what is commonly termed the centripetal force; and so, on this principle, and by the action of these two forces, the planets, suns, and systems of worlds that make the heavens so glorious, were caused to revolve, each in its turn, around a common center. The worlds or suns which were primarily evolved from the Parent-Body, were, of course, in relation to the latter, as mere sparks or atoms; and when, as regards the earthly idea of number, an infinity of these worlds had been created, there would still remain in the original mass materials for the formation of other innumerable universes. So, for an eternity of time, the process of creation was carried on, and mighty systems of worlds were ushered into space, and yet the great Fountain from which they sprang was unexhausted. Indeed, it is not too much to assert that, from the bosom of the same flaming substance which dwells in the unseen depths of immensity, suns and systems are still being born; and this assertion is confirmed by the established fact that occasionally new worlds, springing from some far off and invisible source, suddenly burst upon the view of the admiring astronomer, and take places among their sister orbs. And thus ever, as the ages of endless time roll away, is the mighty birth of the Universe continued. There is no limit to a process which had no beginning in time. The very thoughts become lost in its contemplation amid a boundless infinity. Soaring far beyond the limits of earth, the spirit may roam into the depths of space; and with every advancing step it meets with new worlds, new systems, and new glories, ever stretching out before its view and filling the inconceivable expanse, until at last, beholding no end which it may hope to reach, it falls, mute and dazzled, as in the presence of Infinite Power ! Expression is insufficient to convey any appropriate idea of the greatness, the grandeur, and immensity which are thus presented, and the soul can only indulge in a delirious dream of infinitude, without the power to embody one suitable thought of the dazzling glory that shines upon the brow of God. Thus those who imagine that the earth is the only theater of human action, which is especially and peculiarly favored with the Divine presence, are residing as it were on the outskirts of an almost illimitable creation—a creation which is too deep for the human mind to fathom, and too wide for its most expanded thoughts to traWerS6. But the subject of the evolution of worlds in which may be viewed the grand, progressive birth of the Universe, requires a somewhat more detailed elucidation than that which is given in the foregoing comprehensive survey. Minds which have studied deeply the philosophy of Nature, will readily comprehend the fact that the sun of the solar system is still a mass of burning substance, and that this is the parent of the earth and other planets which revolve around it. This body has a nearly perfect correspondence with the vast primary central Sun, from which all the suns of the firmament have been evolved. And in this analogy is presented an important truth, which will serve to explain the entire mystery which has been so long enthroned in the heavens. The original Sun was a combination of the primitive elements; it was the condensation of what primarily existed in an invisible and intangible form, and, as we have seen, it surrounded the sublimated essence of the germinal Spirit, as the external clothing and embodiment of the Divine Brain. Yet the essence of the Divinity was diffused throughout every portion of this chaotic matter, and constituted the principle of motion which was implanted in all its depths. And, moreover, the primitive outbirths of this essence—in other words, the refined elements of magnetism and electricity, were also caused to pervade the expanded whole, forming the basis of the gross combination of elements, and giving such direction to its movements as wonid be indicated by their own innate and legitimate tendencies. With this fact in view, it is easy to comprehend the causes that produced the original evolution of worlds. Let it be

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