Specimens of English Prose Style from Malory to Macaulay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...what use you can make of this concession. You cannot argue from unknown attributes, or, which is the same thing, from attributes in an unknown sense. You cannot prove that God is to be loved for his goodness, or feared for his justice, or respected for his knowledge: all which consequences, we own, would ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...what use you can make of this concession. You cannot argue from unknown attributes, or, which is the same thing, from attributes in an unknown sense. You cannot prove that God is to be loved for his goodness, or feared for his justice, or respected for his knowledge: all which consequences, we own, would follow from those attributes admitted in an intelligible sense. But we deny that those or any other consequences can be drawn from attributes admitted in no particular sense, or in a sense which none of us understand. Since, therefore, nothing can be inferred from such an account of God, about conscience, or worship, or religion, you may even make the best of it. And, not to be singular, we will use the name too, and so at once there is an end of atheism. Euph. This account of a Deity is new to me. I do not like it, and therefore shall leave it to be maintained by those who do. Cri. It is not new to me. I remember not long since to have heard a minute philosopher triumph upon this very point; which put me on inquiring what foundation there was for it in the Fathers or Schoolmen. And, for aught that I can find, it owes its original to those writings which have been published under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite. The author cf which, it must be owned, hath written upon the Divine attributes in a very singular style. Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher. P. 1C0, 1. 10. Repugnancy, contradiction, P. 161, 1. 13. Precarious. "Arbitrary" would now be more commonly used in this sense. P. itx, L. 16. // has sometimes been thought that Diagoras the name of a wellknoicn Greek atheist) is used by Berkeley to denote some special contemporary freethinker. This, however, is improbable and unnecessary. The opinion which he ' discovered" appears earlies...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150381249
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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