Hints to medical students upon the subject of a future life; extr. from The analogy of religion, with a preface by the editor [H.J. Todd].


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Página 26 - Nay, for ought we know of ourselves, of our present life and of death ; death may immediately, in the natural course of things, put us into a higher and more enlarged state of life, as our birth does...
Página 36 - ... remembering or forgetting : since remembering or forgetting can make no alteration in the truth of past matter of fact. And suppose this being endued with limited powers of knowledge and memory, there is no more difficulty in conceiving it to have a power of knowing itself to be the same living being which it was some time ago, of remembering some of its actions, sufferings, and enjoyments, and forgetting others, than in conceiving it to know or remember or forget any thing else.
Página 16 - And that we have no reason to think our organs of sense percipients, is confirmed by instances of persons losing some of them, the living beings themselves, their former occupiers, remaining unimpaired. It is confirmed also by the experience of dreams ; by which we find we are at present possessed of a latent and, what would otherwise be, an unimagined unknown power of perceiving sensible objects, in as strong and lively a manner without our external organs of sense as with them.
Página 19 - For first, suppose the invidious thing, designed in such a manner of expression, were really implied, as it is not in the least In the natural immortality of brutes, namely, that they must arrive at great attainments, and become rational and moral agents ; even this would be no difficulty, since we know not what latent powers and capacities they may be endued with.
Página 45 - Would an infinitely wise Being make such glorious creatures for so mean a purpose? Can he delight in the production of such abortive intelligences, such shortlived reasonable beings? Would he give us talents that are not to be exerted? Capacities that are never to be gratified?
Página 13 - ... of matter at death to be the destruction of the living agents. We have already, several times over, lost a great part, or perhaps the whole, of our body, according to certain common established laws of nature, yet we remain the same living agents...
Página 8 - ... and crude conceptions of things, taking for granted that we are acquainted with what indeed we are wholly ignorant of; it may be proper to consider the imaginary presumptions, that death will be our destruction, arising from these kinds of early and lasting prejudices ; and to show how little they can really amount to,' even though we cannot wholly divest ourselves of them.
Página 30 - Providence. Nor is there any absurdity in supposing, that there may be beings in the universe, whose capacities, and knowledge, and views, may be so extensive, as that the whole Christian dispensation may to them appear natural, ie analogous or conformable to God's dealings with other parts of his creation ; as natural as the visible known course of things appears to us.
Página 45 - How can we find that wisdom, which shines through all his works in the formation of man, without looking on this world as only a nursery...
Página 44 - But among these and other excellent arguments for the "immortality of the soul, there is one drawn from the perpetual progress of the soul to its...

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