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whic }} . leads me to believe , that there ^ is& § jl ^ nn § £ ti ® ir hm tween means and ends , independent pn tfe& J ^ in ^^ ilL ; wiuch argument is plainly this . Were ifr-jptpt ,. j ^ £ ^ 9 dbll ^ i Wbkh ^ so evidently an attribute of the Deity ^ gc ^ d iP ^ t fee iiscirib ed to
him : and I have further attempted to s&e ^ by w&jk of # jasvver to an obvious and plausible objection * that tji ^ beiiie £ oft sugJi a necessary connection between means # ^ d egjds i £ a&t inaon ^ sistent with pur entertaining just andrataopat sentiments o £ e 4 be Divine omnipotence * Nevertheless , rel ^ OTt g ^ o n your t ^ &dul * gence , 1 yield to the desire of presentkfcg to ^ your viewu ^ oine observations , suggested to my mind . by the foregoing trafe ; of
reasoning . 1 trust you have excused : ii > y fo&ving chosen a stib * ject closely connected with thoughts that -frequently engage my , hours of rfrusiqg * and that have long appeared to me tar more interesting than the discussion of any question , literary , philo * sophic , or politicals I trust you will forgive me , if , impelled by the wish of inviting you to drink at those springs which I have-found to be the most pleasant , exhilarating ^ and g akj # brious r I call upon yon to favour rue some time longer with
your attention ; v ^ If it should be true , that to the Supreme Being belongs almighty power , in that sense which seems ^ for the reasons adduced above ^ to forbid its alliance with wisdom ; 5 f any effect whatever may be produced by his jiat alone ; we should then be obliged to renounce as ungrounded the most delightful idea the mind can form , and as delusive the most cheerino "
hope the heart can cherish . This idea is , that God wills every sentient creature to be happy : this hope is , that there is a future state , where that which he wills , is to be , with respect to £$ 1 of the buman race , sooner or later fully accomplished Now this idea , this hope , must be given upy if the Alfi ^ ighty can do whatever he wills , by merely willing it , at onee arid without the use of means ; for , if it be so , then it is plaiii-fr $ m
actual stubborn fact , that it is not his will everpsentierifr b ^ ing should be happy ; nor yet is there any room to imagine , that he wills any thing to be hereafter otherwise than it is at present * From the supposition now reasoned upon , it further foliows ^ th 3 . t , however strong , however striking is the evidence arising from the works of creation and providence , or frof »« atiy other quarter , to attest the benevolence of the Maker afird Governor
of the umverse , it is still more evident , that benevolence ^\ s nqfc his Tilling principle , or that something there is- whichrfoewi } l ^ ua . preference to the happiness of those whotn he ; hasf ^ 5 # lfed ^ into existence . But if the hypothesis , to combat which is tiHe ^ purport of this essay , be really contrary to truth *; it omriipdteticeibje not of such a nature as to exclude the assistance ^ of *
Essay on Divine WisdaWti lj
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 17, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/17/