Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 10 (1837), 245–48.

The Rainbow





Light, Theology of Nature, Anatomy, Instruments, Design, Experiment, Wonder, Piety, Biblical Authority, Feeling

    Begins by asserting that the 'properties of light afford a striking illustration of the Divine goodness and wisdom'. Observes that the structure of the human eye has habitually been used by '[n]atural theologians' as a 'striking example' of divine goodness. Observes that the compound nature of white light was discovered by Isaac Newton using 'a simple and beautiful experiment, which, as it must be known to many of our readers, it is unnecessary here to detail'. (245) Describes the process of atmospheric refraction by which a rainbow is generated, and the sense of wonder and the religious reflections associated with it. Reflects on various biblical passages which mention rainbows. Concludes by developing analogies between the Godhead and the dazzling light of the sun, and between Christ the mediator and the reflected light of the sun.

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