As a system of philosophy it is not like the Tower of Babel, so daring its high aim as to seek a shelter against God's anger; but it is like a pyramid poised on its apex.

— Adam Sedgwick

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We cannot take one step in geology without drawing upon the fathomless stores of by-gone time.

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A cold atheistical materialism is the tendency of the so-called material philosophy of the present day.

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The pretended physical philosophy of modern days strips Man of all his moral attributes, or holds them of no account in the estimate of his origin and place in the created world.

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If the [Vestiges] be true, the labours of sober induction are in vain;

religion is a lie; human law is a mass of folly, and a base injustice; morality is moonshine; our labours for the black people of Africa were works of madmen; and man and woman are only better beasts!

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The powers of nature are never in repose; her work never stands still.

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Considered as a mere question of physics, (and keeping all moral considerations entirely out of sight,) the appearance of man is a geological phenomenon of vast importance, indirectly modifying the whole surface of the earth, breaking in upon any supposition of zoological continuity, and utterly unaccounted for by what we have any right to call the laws of nature.

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From first to last it is a dish of rank materialism cleverly cooked up .

.. . And why is this done? For no other reason, I am sure, except to make us independent of a Creator.

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The world is not as it was when it came from its Maker's hands.

It has been modified by many great revolutions, brought about by an inner mechanism of which we very imperfectly comprehend the movements; but of which we gain a glimpse by studying their effects: and their many causes still acting on the surface of our globe with undiminished power, which are changing, and will continue to change it, as long as it shall last.

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Volcanic action is essentially paroxysmal;

yet Mr. Lyell will admit no greater paroxysms than we ourselves have witnessed-no periods of feverish spasmodic energy, during which the very framework of nature has been convulsed and torn asunder. The utmost movements that he allows are a slight quivering of her muscular integuments.

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