By Thomas Chalmers
In 1817 the Scottish mathematician and churchman Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), who used to be later invited to write down one of many Bridgewater Treatises (also reissued during this sequence) released this e-book, according to weekday sermons preached by means of him in Glasgow. His major goal is to refute the 'infidel' argument that as the earth and humanity are such insignificant elements of the universe, God - if he existed - wouldn't care approximately them. even if, he's additionally addressing the 'narrow and illiberal professors' who 'take an alarm' on the thought of philosophy instead of incorporating technological know-how into their Christian preaching. Chalmers writes from the point of view of an admirer of technological know-how and glossy astronomy. notwithstanding, he additionally argues that ask yourself on the beauty of production or even acknowledging it as God's paintings isn't adequate, and really ethical Christian existence is key for salvation.
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It is true that we see them not, but could the eye of man take its flight into those distant regions, it should lose sight of our little world, before it reached the outer limits of our system—the greater planets should 41 disappear in their turn—before it had described a small portion of that abyss which separates us from the fixed stars, the sun should decline into a little spot, and all its splendid retinue of worlds be lost in the obscurity of distance-—he should, at last, shrink into a small indivisible atom, and all that could be seen of this magnificent system, should be reduced to the glimmering of a little star.
The leaf quivers on the branch which supports it. It lies at the mercy of the slightest accident. A breath of wind tears it from its stem, and it lights on the stream of water which passes underneath. In a moment of time, the life, which we know, by the microscope, it teems with, is extinguished j and, an occurrence so insignificant in the eye of man, and on the scale of his observation, carries in it, to the myriads which people this little leaf, an event as terrible and as decisive as the destruction of a world.
To them, as well as to us, has God divided the light from the darkness, and he has called the light day, and the darkness he has called night. He has said, let there be lights in the firmament of their heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven, to give lights upon their earth; and it was so. And God has also 29 made to them great lights. To all of them he has given the sun to rule the day; and to many of them lias he given moons to rule the night.