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Some Latter-Day Religions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...thing! How incomprehensible in its furthest reaches, and yet agnosticisms are cherished because of our inability to get to the core of all mystery. Yet this ignorance of ultimate truth does not seriously embarrass us in the ordinary vocations of life. We know not all the mysterious properties of a piece of ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...thing! How incomprehensible in its furthest reaches, and yet agnosticisms are cherished because of our inability to get to the core of all mystery. Yet this ignorance of ultimate truth does not seriously embarrass us in the ordinary vocations of life. We know not all the mysterious properties of a piece of iron, or an egg, and yet this ignorance does not prevent us from hammering the iron into a horseshoe, or from putting the egg beneath the mother hen, that she may hatch a chick. The agnostic says we know nothing of God, because if there be a God, and therefore infinite, His nature must be beyond the comprehension of the finite. Granting that the infinite must ever stretch away beyond the full comprehension of the finite, does it therefore follow that it may not be known at all? No man knows his friend, knows him altogether; will he therefore thrust him into the shadow-world of the unknowable? No man knows himself in all His potentialities, heights, and dismal abysses; is he therefore to build an altar to the unknowable self? This logic applied to the ordinary affairs of life would land us in universal Pyrrhonism. This has been most acutely pointed out by Mr. Balfour in "The Foundations of Belief." Speaking of Mr. Spencer's contention that all ultimate theological ideas are "unthinkable," Mr. Balfour holds that, if so, ultimate scientific ideas are also unthinkable. If the one is intelligible, so also is the other. "In order to prove this," he continues, "we need not travel beyond the ample limits of Mr. Spencer's own philosophy. To be sure, he obstinately shuts his ears against speculative doubts respecting the conclusions of science. 'To ask whether science is substantially true is,' he observes, 'much like asking wheth...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150048920
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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