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It is being assumed by our scientific guides that the Design argument has been driven out of the field by the Doctrine of Evolution. It seems to be thought by our theological teachers that the best defence of the faith is to deny Evolution in toto, and denounce it as antibiblical. My volume endeavours to show that if Evolution be true all is not lost, but on the contrary something is gained; the Design argument remains unshaken, and the Wisdom and Beneficence of God receive new illustration.

For the scientific facts on which the arguments of the book are founded, I am of course indebted to the great Biological writers of the day; and sometimes I use their very language, to guard the more surely against error; but the general treatment of the subject is entirely my own. So far as I know, the subject has never before been handled by any one in the same way for the same purpose.


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