Primeval Man: An Examination of Some Recent Speculations

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Strahan & Company, 1869 - 200 pagine

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Pagina 170 - Their country is a broken mass of wild rocks, lofty hills, and useless forests: and these are viewed through mists and endless storms. The habitable land is reduced to the stones on the beach; in search of food they are compelled unceasingly to wander from spot to spot, and so steep is the coast, that they can only move about in their wretched canoes.
Pagina 111 - The terms for God, for house, for father, mother, son, daughter, for dog and cow, for heart and tears, for axe and tree, identical in all the IndoEuropean idioms, are like the watchwords of soldiers.
Pagina 74 - Engis skull, clearly indicate that the first traces of the primordial stock whence man has proceeded need no longer be sought, by those who entertain any form of the doctrine of progressive development, in the newest tertiaries ; but that they may be looked for in an epoch more distant from the age of the Elephas primigenius than that is from us.
Pagina 192 - If there is one thing," says Professor Max Miiller, "which a comparative ctudy of religions places in the clearest light, it is the inevitable decay to which every religion is exposed .... Whenever we can trace back a religion to its first beginnings, we find it free from many blemishes that affected it in its later stages."* One of the most ancient religions of the world is re* "Chips from a German Workshop,
Pagina 205 - But the book is strong, sound, mature, able thought from its first page to its last
Pagina 173 - ... means of subsistence, have been always, ever since Man existed, driving the weaker races farther and farther from the older settlements of mankind. And when the ultimate points of the * Darwin's "Naturalist's Voyage,"
Pagina 42 - It is not in itself inconsistent with the Theistic argument, or with belief in the ultimate agency and directing power of a Creative Mind. This is clear, since we never think of any difficulty in reconciling that belief with our knowledge of the ordinary laws of animal and vegetable reproduction. Those laws may be correctly, and can only be adequately, described in the language of religion and theologv. " He who is the alone Author and Creator of all things...
Pagina 36 - I declare boldly, and from the bottom of my heart, that if I were called to write something which was to be invested with supreme authority, I should desire most so to write that my words should include the widest range of meaning, and should not be confined to one sense alone, exclusive of all others, even of some which should be inconsistent with my own. Far from me, O God, be the temerity to suppose that so great a Prophet did not receive from Thy Grace even such a...
Pagina 191 - Lubbock's argument implies that the tribes, if such there be, (which, by the way, is extremely doubtful) who are not known to have any ideas at all in respect to spiritual beings or to another world, are in a lower condition than tribes which have a " religion," however cruel and horrible its rites may be. According to this theory, even devil-worship would be a step in ascent towards " civilization " from the " utter barbarism " of Primeval Man. But this is a theory as contrary to reason as it is...
Pagina 3 - According to the present course of nature, the first introducer of cultivation among savages, is, and must be, Man, in a more improved state : in the beginning therefore of the human race, this, since there was no man to effect it, must have been the work of another Being.

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