The Heavenly Father eBook

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[160] Firmissimum hoc afferri videtur, cur deos esse credamus, quod nulla gens tam fera, nemo omnium tam sit immanis, cujus mentem non imbuerit deorum opinio.  Multi de diis prava sentiunt, id enim vitioso more effici solet; omnes tamen esse vim et naturam divinam arbitrantur....  Omni autem in re consentio omnium gentium, lex naturae putanda est.—­Tuscul. i. 13.

[161] In presence of Heaven, we must believe or deny. See Lecture III.

[162] Profession de foi du vicaire Savoyard.


     Thou hadst only forgotten one point,
     And that was, to light thy lantern.

[164] Harmonices mundi libri quinque.

[165] The authenticity of this reply is disputed; M. Arago gives it in different terms; but the question is of small consequence here as one of historical criticism, my object being not to establish a fact, but to put an idea in a strong light by means of an example.


                     ....  Pour etre approuves
     De semblables projets veulent etre acheves.

[167] Ps. cxlviii.


Le monde entier te glorifie,
L’oiseau te chante sur son nid;
Et pour une goutte de pluie
Des milliers d’etres t’ont beni.

[169] Albert de Haller. Lettres sur les verites les plus importantes de la revelation.  Lettre 2.

[170] Et toute la science est un hymne a sa gloire.


Dieu ne mesure pas nos sorts a l’etendue. 
La goutte de rosee a l’herbe suspendue
Y reflechit un ciel aussi vaste, aussi pur
Que l’immense Ocean dans ses plaines d’azur. 




(At Geneva, 8th Dec. 1863.—­At Lausanne, 1st Feb. 1864.)


We have proposed for solution the problem which includes all others whatsoever—­the problem of the universe.  What are the laws which govern the universe?  They are those which are the objects of science, taking that word in its largest and most general meaning.  What is the cause of the universe?  The eternal power of the Infinite Mind.  These are the two answers which we have hitherto obtained, but, as we have explained, a study is not complete if it confine itself to these two answers.  When we know the law and the cause of an object submitted to our study, we further look for the end designed.  This is no freak of our fancy, but the direct result of the constitution of our understanding.  The universe is the creation of God.  What is the design of the creation?  I answer:  the design of the creation is the happiness of spirits.  Nature

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