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BL 2.40 .253 1872

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JOHN R. LEIFCHILD, A.M.,
Author of Our Coal Fields and our Coal Pits,Cornwall; Its Mines

and Miners," &C., &C.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
HOWARD CROSBY, D.D., LL.D.,

Chancellor of the University of New York.

NEW YORK:
G. P. PUTNAM & SONS,
23D STREET AND 4TH AVENUE.

1872.

The royal Psalmist said, “ The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handy work.” The modern Huxleys respond: “The heavens declare nothing at all, and the firmament is ultimately but eternal protoplasm.” In this happy and hopeful response the materialists are as much traitors to science as enemies to religion. They ignore all the facts of mind. This whole department of cognitions is neglected in arranging their premises. The very first canon of science is thus violated, which demands that all facts be collated as data. Then, a second fallacy of which they are guilty, is leaving scientific proof and leaping, by the imagination, to the conclusion that life is merely matter. They find an ultimate matter (only ultimate, however, owing to the limited power of the microscope), and straightway say, “this is life,” although it is known to exist without life, and has not a single characteristic of life in it. By such unscientific methods these scientific men, whose names are now so famous, have imposed upon the unlearned and credulous, and made men lose their faith in the eternal truths of God. Darwinism is another form of the same infidelity, working its evil by the same unscientific methods. Darwin leaps to his conclusions against every axiom of science, and Darwinism is, instead of science, mere theory. Science and Religion are at one. They both come from God and lead to God. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” and “the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart,” are accordant strings of the same harp.

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