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Pages: 256

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Paley

Excerpt from book: of parts to their use, which relation and subserviency we see in the procreated body, than we can refer the internal conformation of an acorn to the intelligence of the oak from which it dropped, or he structure of the watch to the intelligence of the watch which produced it: there being no difference, as far as argument is concerned, between an intelligence which is not exerted, and an intelligence which does not exist. CHAP V. Application of the argument continued. Every observation which was made in our first chapter, concerning the watch, may be repeated with strict propriety concerning the eye : concerning animals : concerning plants : concerning, indeed, all the organized parts of the works of nature. As, I. When we are inquiring simply after the existence of an intelligent Creator, imperfection, inaccuracy, liability to disorder, occasional irregularities, may subsist in a c msiderable degree, without inducing any doubt into the question : just as a watch may frequently go wrong, seldom perhaps exactly right, may be faulty in some parts, defective in some, without the smallest ground of suspicion from thence arising that it was not a watch: not made : or not made for the purpose ascribed to it. When faults are pointed out, and when a question is started concernmg the skill of the artist, or dexterity with which the work is executed, then, indeed, in order to defend these qualities from accusation, we must be able, either to expose some in- tractableness and imperfection in the materials, or point out some invincible difficulty in the execution, mto which imperfection and difficulty the matter ot' complaint may be resolved: or if we cannot do this, we must adduce such specimens of consummate art and contrivance, proceeding from the same hand, as may convince the ...  

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