I readily believe that there are more invisible beings in the universe than visible. But who shall explain to us the nature, the rank and kinship, the distinguished marks and graces of each? What do they do? Where do they dwell? The human mind has circled around this knowleegte, but never attained to it. Yet there is profit, I do not doubt, in sometimes contemplating in the mind, as in a picture, the image of a greater and better world; lest the intellect, habituated to the petty details of daily life, should be contracted within too narrow limits and settle down wholly on trifles.
--Thomas Burnet (1635 – 1715)
(23:3.2) The worlds teem with angels and men and other highly personal beings,
(37:10.6) This narrative cannot be more than a brief outline of the
nature and work of the manifold personalities who throng the universes
of space administering these creations as enormous training schools,
schools wherein the pilgrims of time advance from life to life and from
world to world until they are lovingly dispatched from the borders of
the universe of their origin to the higher educational regime of the
superuniverse and thence on to the spirit-training worlds of Havona and
eventually to Paradise and the high destiny of the finaliters—the
eternal assignment on missions not yet revealed to the universes of time
Thomas Burnet was an English theologian and writer on cosmogony.
He was born at Croft near Darlington in 1635. After studying at
Northallerton Grammar School under Thomas Smelt, he went to Clare Hall,
Cambridge in 1651. There he was a pupil of John Tillotson. Ralph
Cudworth, the Master of Clare, moved to Christ's College, Cambridge in
1654, and Burnet followed him. He became fellow of Christ' in 1657, M.A.
in 1658, and was proctor in 1667.
Burnet took employment travelling with Lord Wiltshire, son of
Charles Paulet, 6th Marquess of Winchester, and through Tillotson as
tutor to Lord Ossory, grandson of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde. The
influence of the Duke of Ormonde, one of the governors, secured his
appointment in 1685 to the mastership of the Charterhouse School. Burnet
took part in the resistance offered to James II's attempt to make
Andrew Popham a pensioner of the Charterhouse. At two meetings held by
the governors 17 January and Midsummer day 1687, the king's letters of
dispensation were produced, but, in spite of the efforts of George
Jeffreys, a governor, the majority refused compliance.
After the Glorious Revolution Burnet became chaplain in ordinary and
Clerk of the Closet to William III. He received no clerical preferment
and lived quietly in the Charterhouse, where he died on 27 September
1715, and was buried in the chapel
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