A Discourse of Natural Theology, showing the Nature of the Evidence and the Advantages of the Study.

A Discourse of Natural Theology, showing the Nature of the Evidence and the Advantages of the Study.
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London: Charles Knight, 1835. Royal 8vo, viii, 296 pp. Full green hardgrain morocco gilt, gilt-stamped backstrip, raised bands, marbled edges, a lovely retrospective binding. Limited to 24 copies on large paper. OCLC records two copies thus. Brougham was a child genius who entered university at 14 (after waiting a year), law school at 16, published with the Royal Society at 19, and was FRS at 24. Most of his life was spent in politics, with mixed results. DNB: “Among his other publications for the society was his Discourse of Natural Theology, published in 1835. This work displayed both Brougham's highly unorthodox theology and his enthusiasm for popular science, for in it he attempted to show that the truths of religion could be proved by scientific induction. Never an especially religious man, he could easily offend Anglican sensibilities...” (Item Id: 5567)

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