By Thomas Chalmers
In 1817 the Scottish mathematician and churchman Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), who used to be later invited to put in writing 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 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. 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. in spite of 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 actually ethical Christian existence is key for salvation.
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They may ascertain still more decisive points of resemblance. They may resolve the same question by the evidence of sense which is now so abundantly convincing by the evidence of analogy. They may lay open to us the unquestionable vestiges of art, and industry, and intelligence. We may see summer throwing its green mantle over these mighty tracts, and we may see them left naked and 32 colourless after the flush of vegetation has disappeared. In the progress of years, or of centuries, we may trace the hand of cultivation spreading a new aspect over some portion of a planetary surface.
What can we make of them ? Shall we take our adventurous flight to explore these dark and untravelled dominions? What mean these innumerable fires lighted up in distant parts of the universe? Are they only made to shed a feeble glimmering over this little spot in the kingdom of nature? or do they serve a purpose worthier of themselves, to light up other worlds, and give animation to other systems? The first thing which strikes a scientific observer of the fixed stars, is their immeasurable distance.
We can demonstrate them by the powers of a most rigid and infallible geometry. But no human fancy can summon up a lively or an adequate conception—can roam in its ideal flight over this immeasurable largeness—can take in this mighty space in all its grandeur, and in all its immensity—can sweep the outer boundaries of such a creation—or lift itself up to the majesty of that great and invisible arm, on which all is suspended. But what can those stars be which are seated so far beyond the limits of our planetary system?