The Wonders of the Heavens
J W S
Astronomy, Amusement, Piety, Wonder, Theology of Nature
'It is a delightful and instructive employment for the christian to trace the exhaustless displays of divine power and wisdom in the works of creation' (265). The scientific study of astronomy gives the Christian a more 'sublime and wonderful' conception of the exercise of divine power and intelligence. Provides a brief survey of astronomical objects, starting with the earth as a planet. Acknowledges that the 'man of science' derives 'high pleasure' from observing their movements, but contrasts the view which the 'humble and sincere christian' takes of 'these great displays of the wisdom and power of God' with the 'mean' view of the 'mere philosopher' (266). Asserts that the Christian can view the heavens 'in relation to God as his Redeemer' (267).
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