By Thomas Chalmers
In 1817 the Scottish mathematician and churchman Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), who was once later invited to write down one of many Bridgewater Treatises (also reissued during this sequence) released this ebook, in accordance with weekday sermons preached by way of him in Glasgow. His major target 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. besides the fact that, he's additionally addressing the 'narrow and illiberal professors' who 'take an alarm' on the notion of philosophy instead of incorporating technological know-how into their Christian preaching. Chalmers writes from the point of view of an admirer of technology and smooth astronomy. despite the fact that, 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 lifestyles is key for salvation.
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A blazing comet may cross this fated planet in its orbit, and realise all the terrors which superstition has conceived of it. We cannot anticipate with precision the consequences of an event which every astronomer must know to lie within the limits of chance and probability. It may hurry our globe towards the sun—or drag it to the outer regions of the planetary system—or 52 give it a new axis of revolution—and the effect, which I shall simply, announce, without explaining it, would be to change the place of the ocean, and bring another mighty flood upon our islands and continents.
Shall we measure the counsels of heaven by the narrow impotence of the human faculties? or conceive, that silence and solitude reign throughout the mighty empire of nature; that the greater part of creation is an empty parade; and that not a worshipper of the Divinity is to be found 30 through the wide extent of yon vast and immeasurable regions? It lends a delightful confirmation to the argument, when, from the growing perfection of our instruments, we can discover a new point of resemblance between our Earth and the other bodies of the planetary system.
Each of these stars may be the token of a system as vast and as splendid as the one which we inhabit. Worlds roll in these distant regions; and these worlds must be the mansions of life and of intelligence. In yon gilded canopy of heaven, we see the broad aspect of the universe, where each shining point presents us with a sun, and each sun with a system of worlds—where the Divinity reigns Ui all the grandeur of his attributes—where he peoples immensity with his wonders; and travels in the greatness of his strength through the dominions of one vast and unlimited monarchy.