8. What was put into the earth and waters, in the act of creation ? Science
does not answer this question. It only says, that the germ-cellule is
the simplest condition of the animal, and that if the germs were made
in the waters or earth, that is, if the elements there present were, by
any power, brought into the new state of combination they have in the
germs, and vitalized, and at the same time they were so surrounded that
they could develop, they would grow and thus contribute to the peopling
of the earth. The surrounding circumstances necessary for development,
are for the hen, just such as attend the germ-cellule in the egg, that
is, the presence of albumen and other ingredients which contribute to
the growth of the embryo. Had such ova been created of elements in the waters, it would have been true that " the waters brought forth ;" if of elements in the earth, as truly," the earth brought forth " (see Genesis, ch. i.). We only know this, — that the power of creation was exerted ; and if germs preceded the perfect animals, then, of course, it was exerted in making the germs.
repeat that we have no evidence that a group of animals has, in any
case, been made from a single positing of force. Science has discovered
no method of looking beyond the material entities to the "
immaterial." It claims not to fathom the Eternal Mind. It leaves it for
" pure reason" to flutter, clap its wings, and look the sun in the
face, if it can.
9. Nature's Unity. This subject has been, more than once, alluded to in the course of our Articles. We here pass it in brief review.
The unity of nature is declared —
In the universality of the laws of molecular forces : one law binding
the universe together in harmonious movements; the same light passing
from star to star, in recognition of their one brotherhood ; the same
heat coming from the heavens that rises from the earth's depths or is
struck out of her rocks; the same elements and laws of combination in
the wandering meteorites as in our own sphere.
2. In the harmony among all molecular forces : magnet-