Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith - Being an Examination of the Evidences of Infidelity
by Robert Patterson
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Thus you will come to possess an actual experimental knowledge of the most excellent of the sciences. In the present begun enjoyment of eternal life you will, not merely believe in, but positively know, its Author, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. You will rest in no fallible and erring testimony of man's wisdom, but your faith will stand in the power of God. You will be able to say, "Now we believe not because of thy sayings: for we have heard him ourselves, and KNOW that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the World."[386]

Hear God's own warrant and invitation to your poor, thirsty soul, to forsake your vanities and come and be eternally blessed in Christ. Have the witness in yourself and be a living proof of the blessed reality of religion.

"Ho every one that thirsteth! Come ye to the waters! And he who hath no money! Come ye, buy and eat! Yea, come! Buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me and eat ye that which is good, And let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear and come unto me: Hear and your soul shall live: And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, Even the sure mercies of David. Behold! I have given him for a witness to the people, A leader and a commander to the people: Behold! thou shall call nations that thou knowest not, And nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, Because of the Lord thy God, And for the Holy One of Israel, for he hath glorified thee.

"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, Call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, And to our God for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, And return not thither again, But water the earth, and cause it to bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater; So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, But it shall accomplish that which I please, And it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace. The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, And all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: And it shall be to the Lord for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."


[322] Holyoak's Discussion with Grant and Tonney.

[323] Bacon Novum Organum, I. xlix. xlvi.

[324] Sir W. Hamilton's Lectures, I. 53.

[325] Journal of Speculative Philosophy, I. 20.

[326] Humboldt, Cosmos, Vol. I. p. 7, 156.

[327] Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid, 356.

[328] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1852.

[329] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1852.

[330] Cosmos, 4, 518. Dick's Celestial Scenery, chap. III. Sec. 7.

[331] Cosmos, 1, 75. Loomis' Progress of Astronomy, pp. 34, 40

[332] Loomis' Progress of Astronomy, p. 34, etc.

[333] Outlines of Astronomy, III. Sec. 13, 140.

[334] Thus several of the best telescopes in the world are rendered nearly useless by the passage of heavy railroad trains in their vicinity.

[335] Somerville's Physical Sciences, VI.

[336] Cosmos IV. 477. Phillips' Address to the British Association, 1865.

[337] North British Review, LXV.

[338] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1864, 158.

[339] Cosmos I. 109.

[340] Cosmos IV. 501.

[341] Cosmos IV. 378.

[342] Harper's Magazine, June, 1872, p. 149.

[343] Annual Scientific Discovery, 1864, 134.

[344] Cosmos III. 40; IV. 363. Annual, 1861, 395, 396.

[345] Cosmos IV. 474.

[346] Kendall's Uranography, p. 11.

[347] Cosmos, 443-5.

[348] North British Review, No. LXV.

[349] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1852, 119.

[350] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1854, 150.

[351] Cosmos III. 115.

[352] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1860.

[353] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1852, 139.

[354] Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1864, 166.

[355] Plurality of Worlds, XII.

[356] North British Review, LXV.

[357] God's Glory in the Heavens, 168.

[358] Annual Scientific Discovery, 1863, 324.

[359] Cosmos IV. 378.

[360] See this proved chapter XI., Daylight Before Sunrise.

[361] See the possibility of such a source of volcanic action, of such a formation of plutonic rocks, proved by Lyell. Principles, chaps. XXXII. and XII.

[362] Sir David Brewster, K. H., D. C. L., F. R. S., More Worlds than One, p. 56.

[363] Rudiments of Geology, W. & R. Chambers, p. 10.

[364] Lyell's Principles of Geology, p. 3.

[365] Miller, Old Red Sandstone, p. 25.

[366] Hugh Miller, Footprints of the Creator, p. 313.

[367] American Cyclopaedia, 1863, p. 374. Annual of Scientific Discovery, 1861, p. 351.

[368] London Quarterly Review, 1866, No. 51, p. 240.

[369] Lyell's Second Visit to the United States.

[370] The Advance, Chicago, May 28, 1868.

[371] Geological Time.

[372] Principles, Chaps. III. and IV.

[373] Principles, chap. XI.

[374] Principles, p. 530.

[375] Principles, chap. XXXI.

[376] Chambers' Cyclopaedia Art. Appalachians.

[377] Types of Mankind, 329, 335, 338.

[378] The American Journal of Science and Art, edited by Profs. Silliman and Dana, XXVI. 235, 300.

[379] Frazer—Blending Lights, p. 113.

[380] De Vore's Modern Magic, 58.

[381] Isaiah, chap. xlviii. 22.

[382] John, chap. iii.

[383] 2 Timothy, chap. iii. Read the whole chapter.

[384] Romans, chap. x. Read the chapter.

[385] The Sermon on the Mount. Read it all.

[386] John, chap. iv.


Transcriber's Notes:

Missing punctuation, including periods, hyphens, and commas, has been added.

Obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

Variations in spelling have been left as in the original in the following words:

coveredst coverest orang-otang orang-outang water-skin waterskin

The following words use an oe ligature in the original:

foetus Phoenician Phoebus Phoenicians Phoenicia

The spelling of the last name of Scottish astronomer John Pringle Nichol has been corrected throughout the text.

The spelling of the last name of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck has been corrected throughout the text.

The spelling of the last name of French physicist Claude-Servais-Mathias Pouillet has been corrected throughout the text.

The spelling of the last name of Hellenistic astrologer Vettius Valens has been corrected throughout the text.

The spelling of the last name of French mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier has been corrected throughout the text.

A series of three asterisks * * * represents an ellipsis in the text. Shorter and longer rows of asterisks have been standardized to three asterisks.

The carat ^ character indicates that the following numbers (enclosed in {} brackets) are superscripted in the original.

The mathematical formula 4+3/2 is rendered 4 + 1-1/2 in the original.

Footnote 15 reads "Origin of Species, 4, 10, 127, 9, 97, 100, 409, 410, 415, 423. Descent of Man, 192, 204, and II.—15, 257." The page number "9" is probably a typographical error, but it has been left as in the original.


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