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 booklet, in keeping with weekday sermons preached via him in Glasgow. His major objective 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 concept 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 glossy astronomy. despite the fact that, he additionally argues that ask yourself on the beauty of construction or even acknowledging it as God's paintings isn't really sufficient, and really ethical Christian lifestyles is key for salvation.
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All this, the public have not done; for of this the great majority, even of the reading and cultivated public, are utterly incapable; and, therefore, is it, that they need to be told what that is, in which the main distinction of his philosophy lies; that, when labouring in other fields of investigation, they may know how to borrow from his safe example, and how to profit by that superior wisdom which marked the whole conduct of his understanding. Let it be understood, then, that they are the positive discoveries of Newton, which, in the eye of a superficial public, confer upon him all his reputation.
The planets have both motions; and, therefore, may have received them by one and the same impulse. The sun, we are certain, has one of these motions. He has a movement of revolution. If spun round his axis by two opposite forces, one on each side of him, he may have this movement, and retain an inflexible position in space. But, if this movement was given him by one stroke, he must have a progressive motion, along with a whirling motion; or, in other words, he is moving forward; he is describing a tract in space; and, in so doing, he carries all his planets and all their secondaries along with him.
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. To them he has made the stars also. And God has set them in the firmament of heaven, to give light unto their earth; and to rule over the day, and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God has seen that it was good.
A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, Viewed in Connection with the Modern Astronomy by Thomas Chalmers