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. 1877 Excerpt: ...as certainly as a violation is such a departure. The truth expressed by the term, "uniformity of causation," is that the same cause, or ...Read MoreThis 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. 1877 Excerpt: ...as certainly as a violation is such a departure. The truth expressed by the term, "uniformity of causation," is that the same cause, or combination of causes, will invariably, infallibly and necessarily produce the same effects. Now, to say that the laws of nature are suspended is simply to say that the very same combination of causes, which heretofore invariably produced a given effect, is still present. but is no longer followed by its appropriate effect--that is to say, that causation has ceased to be uniform, and the uniformity of causation ceases to be a truth. I think, therefore, that a "suspension" affords no escape from the conclusion to which we are inevitably led, starting from Mr. Hume's definition. I think the truth is that his definition, as well as that of the churchmen, is both erroneous and highly unphilosophical. The miracles to which these definitions relate are those recorded in the Scriptures. Now, these neither involve, nor profess to involve, either any violation or suspension of the uniformity of causation. They are only exhibitions of extraordinary and superhuman power, differing from the ten thousand other daily exhibitions of such superhuman power in nothing but this: they were given to man as a witness for the truths and teachings that accompanied them. The miracles of the gospel imply no more power than we see exhibited by nature every day of our lives. The causes, or combination of causes, which produce these results are in both classes of cases equally hid from us, the result being designed for a special object in the one case, and, in the other case, the object being often as obscure to us as the cause is. To say of any event or phenomenon, that it violates the uniformity of causation, assumes that we knew ...Read Less
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