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Natural Theology
Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature

6th Edition


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108003551

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  • William Paley (1743–1805) argues for the existence of God as the intelligent creator of the world in this, his last book, published in 1802. He builds on early modern natural theology including the works of John Ray, William Derham, and Bernard Nieuwentyt, and most of his examples are taken from medicine and natural history. Paley uses analogy and metaphors, including a particularly well-written version of the 'watchmaker analogy', to prove that the world is designed and sustained by God. This sixth edition also contains a detailed bibliography, appendices on Paley's courses, and background notes on key figures. It was an influential best-seller throughout the nineteenth century, read by theologians and scientists alike, and reprinted in cheap editions for the middle classes. It inspired many nineteenth-century works on natural theology, including the Bridgewater Treatises (which also appear in this series), and is a landmark of Western thought.

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    Product details

    • Edition: 6th Edition
    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108003551
    • length: 604 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. State of the argument
    2. State of the argument continued
    3. Application of the argument
    4. Of the succession of plants and animals
    5. Application of the argument continued
    6. The argument cumulative
    7. Of the mechanical and immechanical functions of animals and vegetables
    8. Of mechanical arrangement in the human frame—of the bones
    9. Of the muscles
    10. Of the vessels of animal bodies
    11. Of the animal structure regarded as a mass
    12. Comparative anatomy
    13. Peculiar organisations
    14. Prospective contrivances
    15. Relations
    16. Compensations
    17. The relation of animated bodies to inanimate nature
    18. Instincts
    19. Of insects
    20. Of plants
    21. Of the elements
    22. Astronomy
    23. Personality of the Deity
    24. Of the natural attributes of the Deity
    25. Of the unity of the Deity
    26. The goodness of the Deity
    27. Conclusions.

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    William Paley

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