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STUDY FOURTH. Replies To The Objections Against Providence. Such
are the principal objections raised against a Providence, which no
one will accuse me of having stated too. feebly. Did these
murmurings proceed from some wretched mariner, or some oppressed
peasant, my astonishment would be less: but it is amidst the luxury
of Greece and Rome, in the bosom of the wealth of Indostan, of the
pomp of Persia, of the voluptuousness of China, of the overflowing
abundance of European capitals, that men first started up who dared
to deny the existence of a Deity. On the contrary, the houseless
Tartars; the savages of America, continually pressed with famine;
the Negroes, without foresight, and without a police; the
inhabitants of the rude climates of the north, such as the
Laplanders, the Greenlanders, the Esquimaux, see gods every where,
even in a flint, in a pebble. In all countries the poor rise early,
labour the ground, live in the open air, and in the fields. They
believe, from a sentiment natural to weak minds, that the objects
of their religious worship will be at their disposal in proportion
as they are within their reach. Hence it is that the devotions of
the common people, in every country, are presented in the fields,
and have natural objects for their centre. It always attracts the
religion of the peasantry. A hermitage on the side of a mountain, a
chapel at the source of a stream, an image of the Virgin in wood,
niched in the trunk of an oak, have, to them, a much more powerful
attraction than the gilded altars of our cathedrals. The principal
religious acts of the people in Turkey, Persia, the Indies, and
China, are pilgrimages in the fields. The rich, on the contrary,
prevented in all their wants and wishes by men, no longer look up
to God for any thing. Their w...
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