In good philosophy, the
word cause ought to be reserved to the single divine impulse that has formed the
The atmosphere in which we
live swarms with the germs of those microscopic creatures, which are always ready to
in dead matter wherever it presents itself, and thus to fulfill the mission of
destruction which is correlative to their life. And if God had not so arranged
things that, under normal conditions of life and health, the laws governing the
changes in tissues and fluids of animal’s bodies did not impede the
proliferation of these microscopic creatures, we should always be vulnerable to
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