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(IX.) HISTORY - Success - And The Beginning Of Failure

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:44:13 pm »

During the reign of Elizabeth astrology became more firmly a part of the intellectual structure of England than at any other time in its history.

Scarcely any intelligent man spoke out against it except in its most superstitious aspects, and most regarded it as a manifestation of the means by which God regulated earthly matters.

The naturalness and pervasiveness of this belief comes out in many areas of the literature of the time - succinctly in Walter Raleigh's History of the World:

"And if we cannot deny but that God hath given virtue to spring and fountain, to cold earth, to plants and stones, minerals, and to the excremental parts of the basest living creatures, why should we rob the beautiful stars of their working powers?

For, seeing they are many in number and of eminent beauty and magnitude, we may not think that in the treasury of His wisdom which is infinite, there can be wanting, even for every star, a peculiar value, virtue and operation; as every herb plant and flower adorning the face of the earth hath the like.

For as these were not created to beautify the earth alone and to cover and shadow her dusty face but otherwise for the use of man and beast to feed them and cure them; so were not those unaccountable glorious bodies set in the firmament to no other end than to adorn it but for instruments and organs of His divine providence, so far as it hath pleased His just will to determine?"
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