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1855. Excerpt: ... XVIII. Thoughts on Theology. "Prudens futuri
temporis exitum Caliginosa nocte premit Beus; Ridetque si mortalis
ultra Fas, trepidat. Quod ad est, memento Componere sequus." Hor.
Carm. lib. iii. ode xxix. We propose, in this article, that the
following topics shall guide us in our remarks: --Theology, in its
reference to the unknown; to the tendencies of this age; to the
methods of reasoning employed in its defence; and to its permanent
foundations in the nature and the wants of man. These topics may
not appear, at first, to be very intimately connected. At the close
of the article, we trust that they may appear to be more so than
they seem to be at the commencement. Much of theology pertains to
the unknown; and to that nearly all the difficulties in the science
belong. The same is true, however, of every other science, and
every other subject of inquiry. Most of the science of astronomy,
using that phrase as denoting what it would properly embrace,
belongs to the unknown. We have determined the size of the earth,
the distances of the planets, the laws of their motion, the
magnitude of the sun, the course of a few of the comets, the
parallax of one or more of the fixed stars; we have given names to
some of the celestial bodies, mapped out the heavens, and
determined the form of some of the nebulae; but who pretends to
know any thing about those worlds? Thus, too, in the world beneath,
us, we demonstrate the existence of forty millions of siliceous
shells of Galionellse in a cubic inch of Bilin polishing slate; but
who pretends to know when their inhabitants lived, or what were the
habits and the laws of their being? So, too, we have uncovered the
world before the Mosaic period; but who knows how long it existed,
or what were the habits of the beings that dw...
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