The Philosophy of Natural Theology

William Jackson

Series: World Philosophy
BISAC: PHI005000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book, originally published in 1876, was written in confutation of the Materialism of its time by arguments derived from Evidences of Intelligence, Design, Contrivance, and Adaptation of Means to Ends, in the Universe, and especially in Man considered in his Moral Nature, his Religious Aptitudes, and his Intellectual Powers; and in all Organic Nature. The observation also to be made and supported in the course of the book that the Will and Wisdom of the Creator may be a sufficient cause for deviations from the established course of nature, and that the Free-will of man, in things within his power and influence, may be a cause of similar deviations.

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Chapter 1. Introductory: Motives of Essay—Division into Chapters—Method of Study—Consilient Proofs (pp. 1-22)

Chapter 2. Philosophy of Design: Hostile Criticisms Examined—Explanations and Restatements (pp. 23-78)

Chapter 3. Conditions of Human Knowledge: Its Disabilities and First Principles—Idealism—Positivism—Materialism—We Must Accept Ultimate Truths (pp. 79-138)

Chapter 4. Beliefs of Reason: Principle of Induction—Theism—Confirmation and Illustrations (pp. 139-156)

Chapter 5. Production and Its Law: Conditions of Activity—Will and Reason in Contrast with Materialism and Mechanism—Creative Mind Characterised by Visible Products (pp. 157-178)

Chapter 6. Causation: Limits of Physical Law—The Beginning—Cause and Will—Miracles (pp. 179-190)

Chapter 7. Responsibility: Right and Wrong—A Future State—Supreme Will and Personality—Possible Relations of the Divine Being with Mankind—Expectation of Supernatural Aids to Knowledge and Practice—The Balance—L'Envoy (pp. 191-204)

Endnotes (pp. 205-274)

Index (pp. 275)

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