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The Hollow Globe; or , The World's Agitator and Reconciler: A Treatise on the Physical Conformation of the Earth, Presented through the Organism of M.L. Sherman, M.D., and Written by Wm. F. Lyon

Chicago: Sherman and Lyon, 1875

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the present. Still the great difficulty remains, for each party to define their ground, and decide exactly how far the natural universe extends, and precisely where the -realms of the supernatural commences. To tell which part of the great universe has been produced by the almighty power; which part of all the numerous objects that come within the range of our vision, were brought into existence by the infinite fiat, and which was produced by natural immutable laws; which part is governed and controlled by special providences, emanating from that infinite father, in answer to the multiplied petitions of his favorites, and which is governed by established laws, that seem to pervade the entire universe.

These vexed questions are by no means settled, nor will they be fully disposed of until humanity recognizes the fact that spiritual intelligences not only exist, but, that they are actively engaged in the performance of their several labors and duties, in accordance with their capacities, their experience and their knowledge. Until men shall have discovered that neither an infinite, almighty being, they are pleased to call God, watches over and attends-'personally to the minutiae of all the particular affairs in the endless diversified compartments of all worlds, and on the other hand, that they are not governed solely by natural forces, uncontrolled by intelligence; but, that infinite millions of spiritual beings who have lived upon our earth, and who bear a sort of natural relationship to the things of the earth, are every-where delegated to give attention to all the details and minutiae, both in the material and spiritual realms. That, there must of necessity be all grades of ability and knowledge, and no lack of labor and duties for all these

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