- on Natural Religion - he defends a moral or punishing Deity against the sentimental softness of the age.
"I wonder if God is punishing us," she mused.
Night is a person in Greek mythology, and in the fourteenth book of the Iliad we read that Zeus abstained from punishing Sleep " because he feared to offend swift Night."
Upon what grounds, therefore, shall we discriminate between the justice of punishing him for what he was at a previous period in his life and the injustice of forgiving him because of what he is in the present?
The same argument holds good concerning our feelings with regard to the justice or injustice of punishing a criminal if we believe that his will was determined.