God's glory in the heavens/Preface

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Some of the following chapters were originally published in Good Words. The subjects were selected without much regard to system, the progress of astronomical research usually determining the order in which the papers appeared. To give greater completeness, much new matter is added; so that nearly one-half of the volume is published for the first time. The object of the work is to present a survey of recent astronomical discovery and speculation, in connexion with the religious questions to which they give rise. These questions impart a new interest to astro-theology, and the present contribution is intended to meet, in some measure, the felt necessity of a better adjustment between the argments of the theologian and the discoveries of the astronomer. Synoptical tables, which the student may find useful for reference, are added. They give a condensed summary of the principal facts of astronomy.