A Dissertation on the Antiquity of the Earth: Read at the Royal Society, 12th May, 1785 ...

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G. Nicol, 1785 - 86 sivua
 

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Sivu 27 - And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Sivu 27 - And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Sivu 66 - Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters, and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
Sivu 67 - Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment; the waters stand in the hills. 7 At thy rebuke they flee ; at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid. 8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath; even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.
Sivu 29 - Scripture declares, that all the foundation» of the great deep were broken up, yet we have no authority to conclude, that this convulfion was in its effects equal to thofe which have produced the foflil phenomena that are found in the bowels of the earth, in all quarters of the globe. This, doubtlefs, would have procured...
Sivu 58 - By this procels, certain foi't land, which is often undermined by the fea, will, as we have before obferved, become rock. But, fays Mr. Douglas*, the induration of bones and flceletons, fire, cannot be performed in fo fmall a period of time.
Sivu 28 - ... that we might not unreafonably conceive fome calamitous event had deftroyed the greateft part of animal life from the face of the earth, and configned to oblivion a caufe, the record of which muft otherwife have been tranfmitted from pofterity to poftenty, to the very end of time...
Sivu 59 - Sta-r lactical matter, and fome minerals, may be produced under human obfervation ; but, has the operation of indurated chalk, flint, &c. ever been noticed in its progrefs, or its induration fatisfactorily accounted for ? ' There was much ground, indeed, at one time, for this queftion ; for though the Scripture declares, that all the foundation...
Sivu 13 - From the fpecimens of foffil elephants tufks, which I have feen in the Emperor of Germany's Cabinet of Natural Curiofities at Vienna, and in other Mufeums, I obferved that feveral were rendered throughout calcarious*, while others were entirely changed to the hardeft black agate ; the conclufion will therefore follow, that an immenfe length of time muft have elapfed to have caufed the abforption or decompofition of animal matter from the tufk, and to have rendered it...
Sivu 68 - ... which generally rolls over the place, although no soundings can be found, The insufficiency of the water of the ocean to cover the whole earth ; the unnatural supposition of a great and. interesting part of -nature being once destroyed; the inconsistent manner in which all such stories are ever related, impress us with insurmountable incredulity. In short, they never can be received, never can be thought reconcilable to reason by the sensible and.. enlightened...

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