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Natural Theology Part Eight

What further shows, that the system of destruction amongst animals holds an express relation to the system of fecundity; that they are parts indeed of one compensatory       Page 481   scheme; is, that, in each species, the fecundity bears a proportion to the smallness of the animal, to the weakness, to the shortness of its natural term

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Natural Theology Part Seven

CHAPTER XXIII OF THE PERSONALITY OF THE DEITY       Page 408   CONTRIVANCE, if established, appears to me to prove every thing which we wish to prove. Amongst other things, it proves the personality of the Deity, as distinguished from what  is  sometimes  called  nature,  sometimes  called  a  principle:  which  terms,  in  the mouths of those who use

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Natural Theology Part Six

CHAPTER XX OF PLANTS   I THINK a designed and studied mechanism to be, in general, more evident in animals than in plants: and it is unnecessary to       Page 346   dwell upon a weaker argument, where a stronger is at hand. There are, however, a few observations upon the vegetable kingdom, which lie so directly in

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Natural Theology Part Five

CHAPTER XVI COMPENSATION   COMPENSATION is a species of relation. It is relation when the defects of one part, or of one organ, are supplied by the structure of another part or of another organ. Thus,   The short unbending neck of the elephant, is compensated by the length and flexibility of his proboscis. He could not have reached the

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Natural Theology Part Four

CHAPTER XII COMPARATIVE ANATOMY       Page 211   WHENEVER we find a general plan pursued, yet with such variations in it as are, in each case, required by the particular exigency of the subject to which it is applied, we possess, in such plan and such adaptation, the strongest evidence that can be afforded of intelligence and design;

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Natural Theology Part Three

CHAPTER X OF THE VESSELS OF ANIMAL BODIES   THE  circulation  of  the  blood,  through  the  bodies  of  men  and  quadrupeds,  and  the apparatus       Page 148   by which it is carried on, compose a system, and testify a contrivance, perhaps the best understood of any part of the animal frame. The lymphatic system, or the nervous

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Natural Theology Part Two

CHAPTER VI THE ARGUMENT CUMULATIVE   WERE there no example in the world, of contrivance, except that of the eye, it would be alone sufficient to support the conclusion which we draw from it, as to the necessity of an intelligent Creator. It could never be got rid of; because it could not be accounted for by any  other  supposition, 

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Natural Theology Part One

NATURAL THEOLOGY OR, EVIDENCES OF THE EXISTENCE AND ATTRIBUTES OF THE DEITY COLLECTED FROM THE APPEARANCES OF NATURE.       BY WILLIAM PALEY, D.D. LATE ARCHDEACON OF CARLISLE. THE TWELFTH EDITION   CONTENTS   CHAPTER I. STATE of the Argument . . . . . . . [PAGE 1] CHAPTER II. State of the Argument continued . . . . .

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