By Thomas Chalmers
In 1817 the Scottish mathematician and churchman Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), who used to be later invited to put in writing one of many Bridgewater Treatises (also reissued during this sequence) released this publication, in response to weekday sermons preached by way of him in Glasgow. His major goal is to refute the 'infidel' argument that as the earth and humanity are such insignificant elements of the universe, God - if he existed - wouldn't care approximately them. despite the fact that, he's additionally addressing the 'narrow and illiberal professors' who 'take an alarm' on the notion of philosophy instead of incorporating technology into their Christian preaching. Chalmers writes from the perspective of an admirer of technological know-how and glossy astronomy. notwithstanding, he additionally argues that ask yourself on the beauty of construction or even acknowledging it as God's paintings isn't really sufficient, and really ethical Christian existence is vital for salvation.
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Why not extend this principle to the still more distant parts of the universe? What though, from this remote point of observation, we can see nothing but the naked roundness of yon planetary orbs? Are we therefore to say, that they are so many vast and unpeopled solitudes; that desolation reigns in every part of the universe but ours; that the whole energy of the divine attributes is expended on one insignificant corner of these mighty wt>rks; and that to this earth alone, belongs the bloom of vegetation, or the blessedness of life, or the dignity of rational and immortal existence?
In a moment of time, the life, which we know, by the microscope, it teems with, is extinguished j and, an occurrence so insignificant in the eye of man, and on the scale of his observation, carries in it, to the myriads which people this little leaf, an event as terrible and as decisive as the destruction of a world. Now, on the grand scale of the universe, we, the occupiers of this ball, which performs its little round among the suns and the systems that astronomy has un- 51 folded—we may feel the same littleness, and the same insecurity.
These stars are visible to us, not because the sun shines upon them, but because they shine of themselves, because they are so many luminous bodies scattered over the tracts of immensity—in a word, because they are so many suns, each throned in the centre of his own dominions, and pouring a flood of light over his own portion of these unlimitable regions. At such an immense distance for observation, it is not to be supposed, that we can collect 39 many points of resemblance between the fixed stars, and the solar star which forms the centre of our planetary system.
A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, Viewed in Connection with the Modern Astronomy by Thomas Chalmers