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George Gabriel Stokes on Natural Theology

In a similar way we may conceive that progress may be made in natural
theology in either of two ways: by deducing consequences from what we
know or observe, or by assuming for trial the truth of a
statement made on whatever authority it may be, and then examining
whether the supposition of its truth so falls in with such knowledge as
we possess, or such phenomena as we observe, as to lead us to a
conviction that the statement does indeed express the truth. It may be
that the statement comes from a source which professes to be a
revelation made from God to man. But such an employment of it as I have
just described is strictly analogous to our procedure in the study of
physical science, and does not therefore seem to be precluded by the
terms of the foundation of this lectureship.