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The origins of the species

"But with regard to the material world, we can at least go so far as this—
we can perceive that events are brought about not by insulated interposi-
tions of Divine power, exerted in each particular case, but by the estab-
lishment of general laws."—Whewell: "Bridgewater Treatise".
"The only distinct meaning of the word 'natural' is STATED, FIXED or
SETTLED; since what is natural as much requires and presupposes an in-
telligent agent to render it so, i.e., to effect it continually or at stated
times, as what is supernatural or miraculous does to effect it for
once."—Butler: "Analogy of Revealed Religion".
"To conclude, therefore, let no man out of a weak conceit of sobriety,
or an ill-applied moderation, think or maintain, that a man can search
too far or be too well studied in the book of God's word, or in the book of
God's works; divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavour an
endless progress or proficience in both."—Bacon: "Advancement of
Learning".
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