An Essay on the Origin of Evil (Volume 1)
by William King
ISBN 0217771521 (0-217-77152-1)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1758. Excerpt: ... 'Tispro-II. Now, since the Structure of this visible babie that World consists of various Bodies, viz. pure Æv ac. ther, Air, Earth, &V. 'tis highly probable, as we cording to said before, that each of these has its proper Inthevariety habitants, viz. by the Union of-Souls with Parof those cejS Q£ atter Without such an Union, we canwhich not apprehend how there should be either Æthereal they are or Aerial Animals. For the most fluid Bodies if destin'd to not united to an immaterial Soul, or compacted Therfr togethery would be immediately dissolved, and eve the Æther ry blast of Wind would dissipate such Animals: and Air, Either then these vast Fields of Air or Æther in all pro-xnvA. be entirely destitute of Inhabitants, which have their very ew w' believe, who behold every clod of proper In-Earth stock'd with Animals; or furnished after habitants, some such Manner as we conjecture. (26.) If as well as yOU the Earth. NOTES. Hence also it appears, why all things do not answer every one's Appetite. Why we are not enriched with as many Benefits as the Capacity of our Nature seems to require. For tho' the infinite Goodness of God encourages us to promise ourselves thus much, yet Wisdom and Justice set bounds as it were to his Goodness, and shew that this cannot be done without Detriment to the whole; that either this Inconvenience must be tolerated, or no such Creatures made; and that it was better not to give some so great a Degree of Happiness as their Natures might receive, than that a whole Species of Beings should be wanting to the World. If it be ask'd why God did not make this Species in another and more persect Manner, so as to be free from this Inconvenience. I answer, that then it would have belonged to another Species, and b...
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