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THE

PHILOSOPHY

OF A

FUTURE STATE.

BY THOMAS PICK, LL.D.

AUTHOR OF “THE CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHER,” THE PHILOSOPHY OF

RELIGION," ETC. ETC.

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA :
EDWARD C. BIDDLE, 3 MINOR STREET.

1840.

TO

THOMAS CHALMERS, D. D.

PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF

ST. ANDREWS.

SIR,

In Dedicating to you this volume, which has for its object to exhibit a popular view of the Philosophy of a Future State, as deduced from the light of science and revelation, -a consideration of a far higher nature than the formal and customary honour of addressing a man of literary and scien. tific attainments, induced me to shelter it under your patronage.

In the several vocations in which Divine Providence has called you to officiate, you have proved yourself the warm and disinterested patron of all that is benevolent and good of every thing that concerns the present and eternal welfare of mankind : and your praises have been re-echoed from one corner of the land to another, as the champion of the Christian religion,—the doctrines of which, your voice and your pen have done so much to illustrate.

Your writings furnish ample testimony to the world of your earnest, active, and unwearied solicitude for the moral and religious improvement of mankind a solicitude which is not abated by any minor differences of opinion in those with whom you co-operate, where the great object is, to diffuse knowledge and happiness over the face of the earth.

Your kind indulgence to me, on the slight acquaintance I have of you personally, and your approbation of some of my labours, in endeavouring to connect Science and Reli. gion, induce me to hope, that, if the views taken of the present subject, in any measure correspond with your own, you will countenance my humble attempts to dispel the prejudices which many well meaning Christians may entertain, as to the beneficial tendency of exhibiting the sciences of a present, as applicable to the circumstances and relations of a future world

That you may long be spared as the advocate of vital Christianity-as a blessing and ornament to your countryand as a zealous instructor of those who are destined to promote its best interests; and that you may enjoy, without interruption, the pleasures arising from a consciousness of the esteem and approbation of the wise and the pious, is the sincere prayer of

SIR,

Your much obliged,

and humble Servant,

THOMAS DICK.

Broughty Ferry, near Dundee,

Dec. 28, 1827.

PREFACE

The reasonings and illustrations contained in the following pages are intended to direct the intelligent Christian in some of those trains of thought which he ought to prosecute, when Jooking forward to the scene of his future destination. The Author was induced to engage in the discussion of this sub. ject, from a consideration, that many vague and erroneous conceptions are still entertained among Christians in regard to the nature of heavenly felicity, and the employments of the future world. In elucidating the train of thought which is here prosecuted, he has brought forward, without hesitation, the discoveries of modern science, particularly those which relate to the scenery of the heavens ; convinced, that all the manifestations of himself which the Creator has permitted us to contemplate, are intended to throw light on the plan of his moral government in relation both to our present and our future destiny. He has carefully avoided every thing that might appear like vague or extravagant conjecture ; and he trusts that the opinions he has broached, and the conclusions he has deduced, will generally be found accord. ant with the analogies of Nature and the dictates of Reve. lation. He is aware, that he has many prejudices to en. counter, arising from the vague and indefinite manner in which such subjects have been hitherto treated, and from the want of those expansive views of the Divine operations which the professors of Christianity should endeavour to attain :

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