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ADDITIONAL REMARKS 0N MIRACLES.

 

AMONG the scraps of manuscript written at the time
when Mr. Mozley’s work occupied my attention I find the
following reflections:

With regard to the influence of modern science which
Mr. Mozley rates so low, one effect of it is certainly to en-
hance the magnitude of many of the recorded miracles, and
to increase proportionably the difficulties of belief. The
ancients knew but little of the vastness of the universe.
The Rev. Mr. Kirkman, for example, has shown what inad-
equate notions the Jews entertained regarding the “ firma-
ment of heaven ; ” and Professor Airy refers to. the case of
a Greek philosopher who was persecuted for hazarding the
assertion, then deemed monstrous, that the sun might be as
large as the whole country of Greece. The concerns of a
universe, regarded from this point of view, were vastly
more commensurate with man and his concerns than those
of the universe which science now reveals to us; and hence
that to suit man’s purposes, or in compliance with his
prayers, changes should occur in the order of the universe,
was more easy of belief in the ancient world than it can
be now. In the very magnitude which it assigns to natural
phenomena, science has augmented the distance between
them and man, and increased the popular belief in their or-.
derly progression. As a natural consequence, the demand

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