Alciphron, Or The Minute Philosopher: In Seven Dialogues. : Containing an Apology for the Christian Religion, Against Those who are Called Free-thinkers

From Sidney's Press, for Increase Cooke & Company, 1803 - 388 páginas

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Página 274 - What is the chaff to the wheat ? saith the Lord. Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the Lord ; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words, every one from his neighbour.
Página 355 - State, although it be a mystery, although it be what eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive...
Página 90 - There is a cast of thought in the complexion of an Englishman, which renders him the most unsuccessful rake in the world. He is (as Aristotle expresseth it) at variance with himself. He is neither brute enough to enjoy his appetites, nor man enough to govern them.
Página 28 - ... designs. And, to intimidate those who might otherwise be drawn into crimes by the prospect of pleasure and profit, he gives them to understand that whoever escapes punishment in this life will be sure to find it in the next; and that so heavy and lasting as infinitely to overbalance the pleasure and profit accruing from his crimes. Hence, the belief of a God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government. And, to the...
Página 385 - ... profane and conceited men, who must needs proselyte others to their own doubts. When one of this stamp presents himself, we should consider what species he is of: whether a first or a second-hand philosopher, a libertine, scorner, or sceptic?
Página 133 - V. 119. columns, columns, which had a chara&er of ftrength without clumfinefs, and of delicacy without weaknefs. Thofe beautiful proportions were, I fay, taken originally from nature, which, in her creatures, as hath been already obferved, referreth to fome ufe, end or defign.
Página 213 - Cri. This I will not deny. I will even own that the gospel and the Christian religion have been often the pretexts for these evils ; but it will not thence follow they were the cause. On the contrary it is plain they could not be the real, proper cause of these evils, because a rebellious, proud, revengeful...
Página 51 - ... the nearer we search into human nature the more we shall be convinced that the moral virtues are the political offspring which flattery begot upon pride.

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