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Natural Theology: Or
Natural Theology: Or

Natural Theology: Or

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pp. xii, 586. Early half calf and marbled boards, spine edges rubbed and lower corners a bit worn, joints intact and contents very good, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN. *See FREEMAN BNHB#2907. A comprehensive, and unacknowledged, plagiarism of John Ray, first published in 1802, and a second edition in the same year. In his Autobiography, Charles Darwin wrote of his using Paley in his studies - 'In order to pass the B.A. examination, it was, also, necessary to get up Paley's Evidences of Christianity, and his Moral Philosophy. This was done in a thorough manner, and I am convinced that I could have written out the whole of the Evidences with perfect correctness, but not of course in the clear language of Paley. The logic of this book and as I may add of his Natural Theology gave me as much delight as did Euclid. The careful study of these works, without attempting to learn any part by rote, was the only part of the Academical Course which, as I then felt and as I still believe, was of the least use to me in the education of my mind.' Later, he commented - 'The old argument of design in nature, as given by Paley, which formerly seemed to me so conclusive, fails, now that the law of natural selection has been discovered.'
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