It was a contradictory thought - and totally unfair to Josh.
People at the memorial service had contradictory stories and when Howie pressed them, no one seemed to have any real facts.
Believers could be in no uncertainty as to which of two contradictory passages remained in force; and they might still find edification in that which had become obsolete.
If they were really contradictory they would be non-existent.
Surveying these positions, we shall not be astonished to find much that is surprising and some things that are contradictory in Pascal's utterances on "les grands sujets."
Moreover, the queen of England increased his difficulties by making him the bearer of offensive messages to the barons, and by contradictory instructions.
In spite of Rostopchin's broadsheets, or because of them or independently of them, the strangest and most contradictory rumors were current in the town.
Evidently the explanations furnished by these historians being mutually contradictory can only satisfy young children.
Attempts to trace earlier bishops as far back as the 5th century have yielded only vague and contradictory results.
Thus he was able often to recover the meaning of a passage which had long been buried under a heap of contradictory glosses, and he founded a school in which sobriety and common sense were added to the industry and ingenuity of former commentators.
If the analysis given above is correct, the book is not a unit; it contains passages mutually contradictory and not harmonizable.
purely formal); the thing must be what it is, and cannot be conceived as having qualities contradictory of its nature.
The universal historians give contradictory replies to that question, while the historians of culture evade it and answer something quite different.
Thus we observe persistent organs and persistent types of animals, analogous organs and analogous types of animals, and this analogy applies still further to the rival and more or less contradictory hypotheses of the sudden as distinguished from the gradual appearance of new parts or organs of animals, and the sudden appearance of new types of animals.
As soon as historians of different nationalities and tendencies begin to describe the same event, the replies they give immediately lose all meaning, for this force is understood by them all not only differently but often in quite contradictory ways.
Contradictory accounts have indeed been given as to this fatal episode, but that it was accidental, and not suicide, is certain.
But many of the laws were quite unsuitable for the circumstances of his age, and the belief that a body of intricate and even contradictory legislation was imposed suddenly upon a people newly emerged from bondage in Egypt raises insurmountable objections, and underestimates the fact that legal usage existed in the earliest stages of society, and therefore in pre-Mosaic times.
He held that strength of intellectual conviction cannot be regarded as valid, inasmuch as it is characteristic equally of contradictory convictions.
Sonya, owing to the count's contradictory orders, lost her head and did not know what to do.
In the absence of external evidence the study of the Exodus of the Israelites must be based upon the Israelite records, and divergent or contradictory views must be carefully noticed.
History shows us that these justifications of the events have no common sense and are all contradictory, as in the case of killing a man as the result of recognizing his rights, and the killing of millions in Russia for the humiliation of England.
But this is not the original picture, and, since very contradictory representations of Solomon's reign can be clearly discerned, it is necessary in the first instance to view them in the light of an independent examination of the history of the preceding and following periods where, again, serious fluctuation of standpoint is found.
That attempts have been made to adjust contradictory representations is suggested by the prophecy ascribed to Jeremiah (xxvii.
Several more or less contradictory traditions may be found in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Strabo and other writers.
With the internal difficulties Sir Evelyn Baring had been struggling bravely ever since his appointment, trying to evolve out of the ever-changing policy and contradictory Internal orders of the British government some sort of coherent ~ line of action, and to raise the administration to a higher standard.
Regarding the remainder of his life little is known, and the accounts handed down are contradictory, but he appears to have spent the most of it in retirement at his estate near Porto.
Theoretically it was a compound of contradictory elements.
Finally, in 1850, in an article published in the Edinburgh Review in defence of the " Gorham judgment" he asserted two principles which he maintained to the end of his life - first, " that the so-called supremacy of the Crown in religious matters was in reality nothing else than the supremacy of law," and, secondly, "that the Church of England, by the very condition of its being, was not High or Low, but Broad, and had always included and been meant to include, opposite and contradictory opinions on points even more important than those at present under discussion."
That bread and wine should become flesh and blood and yet not lose the properties of bread and wine was, he held, contradictory to reason, and therefore irreconcilable with the truthfulness of God.
Such contradictory impressions bespeak a life made up of contradictory elements.
These contradictory tendencies remained with him through life, revealed in the fluctuations of his policy and influencing through him the fate of the world.
It is wrong, therefore, to impute to Kant, as is often done, the view that human reason is, on ultimate subjects, at war with itself, in the sense of being impelled by equally strong arguments towards alternatives contradictory of each other.
At the same time he seems, according to the abstract of his memoir, to have made the somewhat contradictory assertion that sometimes there are more than three pieces in each series, and in certain groups of birds as many as six.
Equally contradictory of any such law of development is the circumstance that the Greeks of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., although Pheidias and other artists were embodying their gods and goddesses in the most perfect of images, nevertheless continued to cherish the rude aniconic stocks and stones of their ancestors.
Amid all the varying and contradictory phenomena of the universe there is something which gives coherence and intelligibility to them.
In spite of significant omissions (the sole authority of scripture; rejection of transubstantiation), the Confession contains nothing contradictory to Luther's position, and in its emphasis on justification by faith alone enunciates a cardinal concept of the Evangelical churches.
A slave of theirs had denounced them to the Holy Office, and though the details of the accusation against them seem trivial and even contradictory, Antonio was condemned to death.
From the contradictory character of the world he concludes the existence of two beings, originally quite separate from each other - light and darkness.
Of the tribal distribution of this race, of its linguistic, social and political characteristics, and of the history of its relation to the other peoples of Spain, we have only the most general, fragmentary and contradictory accounts.
That these two accounts are absolutely contradictory is now generally recognized by Biblical scholars, and it is to the former (and later) of them that the simple story of Samuel's youth at Shiloh will belong.
To reconcile the contradictory aspects of his character, two kings of the name of Minos were assumed by later poets and mythologists.
But in order to identify the absolute with experience he is obliged, as he before abused the words " contradictory " and " independent," so now to abuse the word " experience."
Germanism had so far served as the basis of the Austrian system, not as a national ideal, but because " it formed a sort of unnational mediating, and common element among the contradictory and clamorous racial tendencies."
Louis therefore began secret personal relations with his ambassadors in eastern Europe, who were thus receiving contradictory instructions; a policy known later as the secret du roi.
An agitated inquiry which only found contradictory evidence was disturbed by the news of the Irish rebellion (28th of October).
The many contradictory accounts of the Laos are due to the fact that the race has become much mixed with the aboriginal inhabitants.
It is a remarkable fact that it was overlooked alike by the supporters and opponents of Lamarck's views until pointed out by the present writer (Nature, 1894, p. 127), that the two statements called by Lamarck his first and second laws are contradictory one of the other.
700, after which time that language seems definitely to have been displaced in favour of Ethiopic or Geez: the condition of the script and the coins renders them all difficult to identify with the names preserved in the native lists, which are too fanciful and mutually contradictory to furnish of themselves even a vestige of history.
These authors proved, however, that no optical system can justify these suppositions, since they are contradictory to the fundamental laws of reflexion and refraction.
Autism research is complex and sometimes contradictory.
The evidence on the question of whether they believed in a Supreme Being is very contradictory.
The bed-sores which follow paralysis of the limbs are often quoted as proof of the direct trophic action of the nerve-supply upon the tissues, yet even here the evidence is somewhat contradictory.
Chretien de Troyes' treatment of him is contradictory; in the Erec, his earliest extant poem, Lancelot's name appears as third on the list of the knights of Arthur's court.
It is in the Topics, 9 again, that we have hints at the devices of an inductive process, which, as dialectical, throw the burden of producing contradictory instances upon the other party to the discussion.
Any abstract and limited point of view carries necessarily to its contradictory.
If theosophy were to be judged solely by the published revelations of this "Secret Doctrine" it would hardly be deserving of serious consideration; for, as suggested in the separate article on Madame Blavatsky, the revelations themselves appear to have been no more than a crude compilation of vague, contradictory and garbled extracts from various periodicals, books and translations.
And in the confused and contradictory accounts of his actions (for the story in Jordanes cannot be reconciled with the accounts in Olympiodorus and the chroniclers), we can see something of this principle at work throughout.
Pisces male traits are numerous and often contradictory.
The two seemingly contradictory court decisions have also generated some confusion over the role, if any, that vaccines may play in the development of autism.
It requires a high degree of awareness completely contradictory to a lifestyle of sitting on the couch mindlessly consuming a bag of chips.
Contradictory to the school of thought that believes the way to lose weight is to quit eating, you actually need to eat something to kick your metabolism into gear.
A knowledge of the different epochs which have been chosen for the commencement of the year in different countries is indispensably necessary to the right interpretation of ancient chronicles, charters and other documents in which the dates often appear contradictory.
Latimer, however, besides possessing sagacity, quick insight into character, and a ready and formidable wit which thoroughly disconcerted and confused his opponents, had naturally a distaste for mere theological discussion, and the truths he was in the habit of inculcating could scarcely be controverted, although, as he stated them, they were diametrically contradictory of prevailing errors both in The only reasons for assigning an earlier date are that he was commonly known as " old Hugh Latimer," and that Bernher, his Swiss servant, states incidentally that he was " above threescore and seven years " in the reign of Edward VI.
The universal test, therefore, of any supposed philosophical principle is the possibility or impossibility of imagining its contradictory.
In India, before Buddhism, conflicting and contradictory views prevailed as to the precise mode of action of Karma; and we find this confusion reflected in Buddhist theory.
The terms of the treaty of Paris were not only of indefinite import but were susceptible of contradictory interpretations.
Every truth, every reality, has three aspects or stages; it is the unification of two contradictory elements, of two partial aspects of truth which are not merely contrary, like black and white, but contradictory, like same and different.
The reports about what occurred are confused and contradictory; but it seems probable that Abdallah b.
The ministration to intellect or reason, aided by the negative elimination by means of contradictory instances of whatever in the instances is not always present, absent and varying with the given subject investigated, and finally by the positive inference that whatever in the instances is always present, absent and varying with the subject is its essential cause.
In opposition, a categorical particular is the contradictory of a universal, which is also categorical, not hypothetical, e.g., "not all M is P" is the contradictory of " all M is P," not of " if anything is M it is P."
but after the conquest of Savoy and Piedmont and a fruitless invasion of Provence by Charles V., it resulted in another truce, concluded at Nice, in the interview at Aigues-mortes, and in the old contradictory policy of the treaty of Cambrai.
Henry IV., the least visionary of kings, was between 1598 and 1610 really hesitating between two great contradictory political schemes:
Here, again, a contradictory conception blocks the way, that, viz.
To say that monogamy allows a man to " play around " is a contradictory statement.
The legends regarding him and his brothers are various and somewhat contradictory.
The simple fact at the bottom of the controversy is that in all empirical knowledge there is an intellectual element, without which there is no correlation of empirical data, and every judgment, however simple, postulates a correlation of some sort if only that between the predicate and its contradictory.
With regard to the preface, which contains Wordsworth's theory, Coleridge has honestly expressed his dissent: - "With many parts of this preface, in the sense attributed to them, and which the words undoubtedly seem to authorize, I never concurred; but, on the contrary, objected to them as erroneous in principle, and contradictory (in appearance at least) both to other parts of the same preface, and to the author's own practice in the greater number of the poems themselves."
There were to be found the most contradictory qualities in perfect agreement with each other - gravity and courtliness, earnestness and gaiety, the man of learning, the noble and the bishop. But all centred in an air of high-bred dignity, of graceful, polished seemliness and wit - it cost an effort to turn away one's eyes.
Charles also attempted to codify the obscure and contradictory laws of Bohemia; but this attempt failed through the resistance of the powerful nobility of the country.
It is unnecessary to record the frequent and contradictory resolutions of the king, influenced now by the extreme Romanists, now by those of his councillors who favoured a peaceful solution.
Unfortunately the statements concerning some points are very contradictory.
His conformity at the end had in it nothing contradictory of his past.
The correlation of the ideas of infinite and finite does not necessarily imply their correality, as Cousin supposes; on the contrary, it is a presumption that finite is simply positive and infinite negative of the same - that the finite and infinite are simply contradictory relatives.
The answer to this is that in the case of contradictory statements - A and not A - the latter is a mere negation of the former, and posits nothing; and the negation of a notion with positive attributes, as the finite, does not extend beyond abolishing the given attributes as an object of thought.
an object or notion with qualities contradictory of the organized; but the mere sublation of the organized does not posit it, or suppose that it is known beforehand, or that anything exists corresponding to it.
Zeitschr., 1888), and Loven (opp. citt.); and though the theories based thereon may have been fantastic and contradictory, we are now near the time when the results can be co-ordinated and some agreement reached.
Numerous attempts have been made to solve these problems, and to construct a theory of the origin of the Grail story, but so far the difficulty has been to find an hypothesis which would admit of the practically simultaneous existence of apparently contradictory features.
26a reflection that the mark or sign of the perfect performance of a particular virtuous act or function is the presence of a characteristic pleasure which always accompanies it, is opposed to the reflection that it is a mark of the highest morality never to rest satisfied, and out of these seemingly contradictory statements of the reflective consciousness might arise a multitude of controversies either concerning pleasure and duty, or the even more difficult and complex conceptions of merit, progress, and the nature of the Supreme Good or Final End.
Again, the argument that " conduct is good or bad according as its total effects are pleasurable or painful," and that ultimately " pleasure-giving acts are life-sustaining acts," seems to involve Spencer in a multitude of unverified assumptions and contradictory theories.
that their opposition (where they are opposed) involves no conflict of duties; and (2) that whichever ideal is in the end preferred, opportunities will nevertheless be provided within its realization for the concurrent realization of activities and capacities ordinarily associated with the ideal alleged to be contradictory.
In 1804 Schleiermacher removed as university preacher and professor of theology to Halle, where he remained until 1807, and where he quickly obtained a reputation as professor and preacher, and exercised a powerful influence in spite of the contradictory charges of his being atheist, Spinozist and pietist.
Yet his elder sons revolted against him in 831 and 832, and were supported by Walla and Agobard and by their followers, weary of all the contradictory oaths demanded of them.
The contradictory intrigues of the kings ofPoland.
Owing to imperfect and contradictory authorities, the chronology and details of this reign are very uncertain.
The real grandeur of Averroes is seen in his resolute prosecution of the standpoint of science in matters of this world, and in his recognition that religion is not a branch of knowledge to be reduced to propositions and systems of dogma, but a personal and inward power, an individual truth which stands, distinct from, but not contradictory to, the universalities of scientific law.
But some conceptions are such that the more distinct they are made the more contradictory their elements become; so to change and supplement these as to make them at length thinkable is the problem of the second part of philosophy, or metaphysics.
We have given to us a conception A uniting among its constituent marks two that prove to be contradictory, say M and N; and we can neither deny the unity nor reject one of the contradictory members.
For to do either is forbidden by experience; and yet to do nothing is forbidden by logic. We are thus driven to the assumption that the conception is contradictory because incomplete; but how are we to supplement it?
a mark of the same concept) as N, while logic denies it; and so - it being impossible for one and the same M to sustain these contradictory positions - there is but one way open to us; we must posit several Ms. But even now we cannot say one of these Ms is the same as N, another is not; for every M must be both thinkable and valid.
But an investigation of dependent lines which are often incommensurable forces us to adopt the contradictory fiction of partially overlapping, i.e.
Motion, even more evidently than space, implicates the contradictory conception of continuity, and cannot, therefore, be a real predicate, though valid as an intelligible form and necessary to the comprehension of the objective semblance.
At the same time contradictory opinions were held as to the course of the stream.
No English statesman probably has ever been, at different times in his career, so able an advocate of absolutely contradictory policies, and his opponents were not slow to taunt him with quotations from his earlier speeches.
contradictory accounts are given (contrast xvi.
The transcendent employment of the categories leads to antinomy, or equally balanced statements of apparently contradictory results.
Against every statement the contradictory may be advanced with equal reason (l zoaOeida TWV X&ycov).
Her mouth continued its revolt with her mind, delivering contradictory information to the other end of the line.
combustor design requires consideration of many, often contradictory, objectives.
In the first place, the Bible is contradictory in many places and it requires some clever babbling to reconcile the contradictions.
However, there is seemingly contradictory evidence on the effectiveness of low vision services.
Not only are these extremes, they are mutually contradictory.
They further show the inherently contradictory nature of the concept of " Islamic terror " .
The reason for these apparently contradictory findings is the specific nature of each sport.
This document purports to be a legal instrument, but it is internally contradictory.
He begins by noting four criticisms of the gospels: They are sometimes contradictory.
The parent sees nothing contradictory in these responses, yet the child will be punished if it shows contradictory behavior.
contradictory impulses can create confusion and stress for a manager trying to decide how best to act.
contradictory tendency can also be detected.
contradictory findings is the specific nature of each sport.
contradictory stances toward Brutus.
contradictory statements about the safety of GM foods, the consumer must decide whom to believe.
contradictory consciousness among the working class.
These two positions may, at first sight, seem contradictory.
Whilst I would agree with the comparison your reviews appear contradictory.
Most people want to separate the two ideas, and make them sound contradictory.
Once a movement begins to make an impact, the role of the reformist leaders becomes increasingly contradictory.
Although various studies have attempted to resolve this issue, the published data remain contradictory.
If God were self contradictory, He would not be true.
Some people might feel that truth number 2's corollary and truth number 3 are a bit contradictory.
Thus popular cultures protest or resist in a contradictory manner, for they are already implicated in the status quo.
inconsistency contain logical inconsistencies or elements that are mutually contradictory.
Microsoft's contradictory position on Linux as a viable competitor seems indicative of the difference between the marketplace and the court.
paradoxical to join two such apparently contradictory words as 'optimal ' and 'crisis ' .
There are also many contradictory suggestions as to why the specific contact resistivity is reduced and becomes ohmic after annealing.
These contradictory signals both gave the green light to Belgrade to reject secession and encouraged the secessionists to go ahead with their plans.
Lucas ' specific references point straight to the more contradictory, even self-destructive, aspects of the project.
sequelae of toxoplasmosis infection is unfortunately contradictory.
Contradictory evidence was given by the signalman and the LNWR driver with regard to the state of the signals.
Her actions are too contradictory to be able to provide a proper summation.
sunspots in an attempt to reconcile and understand these apparently contradictory results.
testimony of the eyewitnesses is contradictory or just plain ludicrous.
But at least the entries appear thorough since the author cites these different sources even when they appear conflicting and contradictory.
turbine combustor design requires consideration of many, often contradictory, objectives.
Marriage = The dichotomy of contradictory themes which merge into a homogeneous whole that epitomizes the fragile, ethereal nature of the human condition.
Brown writes: "If for the theory ` life without air ' is substituted the consideration that yeast cells can use oxygen in the manner of ordinary aerobic fungi, and probably do require it for the full completion of their lifehistory, but that the exhibition of their fermentative functions is independent of their environment with regard to free oxygen, it will be found that there is nothing contradictory in Pasteur's experiments to such a hypothesis."
But while reason and revelation are two distinct sources of truths, the truths are not contradictory; for in the last resort they rest on one absolute truth - they come from the one source of knowledge, God, the Absolute One.
That there are defects in the logical process as here outlined to account for the curious rite constitutes no valid objection to the theory advanced, for, in the first place, primitive logic in matters of belief is inherently defective and even contradictory, and, secondly, the strong desire to pierce the mysterious future, forming an impelling factor in all religions - even in the most advanced of our own day - would tend to obscure the weakness of any theory developed to explain a rite which represents merely one endeavour among many to divine the intention and plans of the gods, upon the knowledge of which so much of man's happiness and welfare depended.
On the 12th of June Napoleon, whose policy oughout had been obscure and contradictory, signed a secret sty with Austria, under which Venice was to be handed over him, to be given to Italy in the event of her making a separate bce.
Documents accumulated from court to court, till none but the clerks who had written them could tell their gist; costs were piled up; and all this, combined with the confusion caused by the chaotic mass of imperial ukazes, ordinances and ancient laws - often inconsistent or flatly contradictory - made the administration of justice, if possible, more dilatory and capricious than in the old, unreformed English court of chancery.
A conflict of interest and of bias led to contradictory action, and this conflict was increased in his case by his father's residence in England, his own upbringing at the English court, his family feud with Baliol and the Comyns, and the jealousy common to his class of Wallace, the mere knight, who had rallied the commons against the invader and taught the nobles what was required in a leader of the people.
too similar for the supposition that two distinct, even contradictory, complaints are being made (cf.
True, the believer sought corroboration with full faith that he would find it; but the very fact that he could think such external corroboration valuable implied, however little he may have realized it, the subconscious concession that he must accept external evidence at its full value, even should it prove contradictory.
The term acquired a special significance in the philosophy of Kant, who used it to describe the contradictory results of applying to the universe of pure thought the categories or criteria proper to the universe of sensible perception (phenomena).
Waagen's law of mutation, or the appearance of new parts or organs so gradually that they can be perceived only by following them through successive geologic time stages, appears to be directly contradictory to the saltation principle; it is certainly one of the most firmly established principles of palaeontology, and it constitutes the contribution par excellence of this branch of zoology to the law of evolution, since it is obvious that it could not possibly have been deduced from comparison of living animals but only through the long perspective gained by comparison of animals succeeding each other in time.
The laws regarding water in most of the arid states were indefinite or contradictory, being based partly on the common law regarding riparian rights, and partly upon the Spanish law allowing diversion of water from natural streams. Few fundamental principles were established, except in the case of the state of Wyoming, where an official was charged with the duty of ascertaining the amount of water in the streams and apportioning this to the claimants in the order of their priority of appropriation for beneficial use.
But it must be remembered that these require extrapolation from experience sometimes sufficiently remote, and it is possible they may lead to statements that are obscure, if not contradictory.
The infinite or non-finite is not necessarily known, ere the finite is negated, or in order to negate it; all that needs be known is the finite itself; and the contradictory negation of it implies no positive.
The evidence that antibiotic treatment can help to prevent some of the sequelae of toxoplasmosis infection is unfortunately contradictory.
We here investigate various subsets of the tilt angle data from sunspots in an attempt to reconcile and understand these apparently contradictory results.
No substantial documentary evidence has been discovered, and the testimony of the eyewitnesses is contradictory or just plain ludicrous.
Thick temples (the sides of your glasses) can create a slimming effect, contradictory to logic.
In this type of insecure attachment, infants show a variety of confused and contradictory behaviors.
This seems to be contradictory to his statement that he is totally committed to you.
Western society is contradictory when it comes to sexual activity and sexual fantasies.
This air sign can have some very contradictory ideas and traits that can confuse and confound lovers and friends.
This may seem contradictory to the showmanship associated with Leo, but your large heart is very compassionate and drives you to charity work.
Aquarius characteristics can often seem contradictory and eccentric to other signs.
A Gemini profile can be confusing since it's full of contradictory traits and seems to be about two completely opposite people.
A Virgo profile clearly shows just how contradictory this astrological sign can be.
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