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" ... to deny a personal agent. Now that which can contrive, which can design, must be a person. These capacities constitute personality, for they imply consciousness and thought. They require that which can perceive an end or purpose, as well as the power... "
The Works of William Paley ...: Comprising the Additional Volume of Sermons ... - Page 212
by William Paley - 1830
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 159

1884
...with a remarkable passage in Paley's ' Natural Theology,' which it may be worth while to quote : — ' That which can contrive, which can design, must be...consciousness and thought. They require that which can conceive an end or purpose, as well as the power of providing means and of directing them to their...
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Theological Institutes: Or, A View of the Evidences, Doctrines ..., Volume 1

Richard Watson - Apologetics - 1889
...philosophically, seem to be intended, to admit and to express an efficacy, but to exclude and to deny a personal agent. Now that which can contrive, which can design, must be a person. These capacifies constitute personality, for they imply consciousness and thought. They require that which...
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Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

William A. Dembski, Michael Ruse - Science - 2004
...the Deity, as distinguished from what is sometimes called nature, sometimes called a principle.... Now, that which can contrive, which can design, must...personality, for they imply consciousness and thought The acts of a mind prove the existence of a mind; and in whatever a mind resides, is a person. The...
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Natural Theology

William Paley - Religion - 2005 - 290 pages
...philosophically, seem to be intended to admit and to express an efficacy, but to exclude and to deny a personal agent. Now, that which can contrive, which can design,...purpose, as well as the power of providing means and directing them to their end.1 They require a centre in which perceptions unite, and from which volitions...
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Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature

Keith Stewart Thomson - Religion - 2007 - 314 pages
...philosophically, seem to be intended, to admit and to express an efficacy, but to exclude and to deny a personal agent. Now that which can contrive, which can design,...thought. They require that which can perceive an end or purposes; as well as the power of providing means, and of directing them to their end. They require...
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Back To Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolution

John B. Cobb - Religion - 2008 - 434 pages
...the Deity, as distinguished from what is sometimes called nature, sometimes called a principle. . . . Now, that which can contrive, which can design, must...personality, for they imply consciousness and thought. . . . The acts of a mind prove the existence of a mind; and in whatever a mind resides, is a person....
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