Accepting the Universe

Accepting the Universe

by John Burroughs

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John Burroughs was born April 3, 1837, near the town of Roxbury in the Catskill Mountains. Growing up on his parents' farm, he absorbed much of the nature and country life that he would later write about in his many volumes. He taught briefly, married, and during the Civil War settled in Washington, D.C. where he obtained a job as a clerk in the Treasury Department. It was during his nine years in Washington that he published his first book, Wake-Robin. In 1873 he returned to New York State and established his home "Riverby" on the west bank of the Hudson River at West Park. He began fruit farming and continued to write, publishing a new books about every two years.

A wheel may have many spokes, but can have but one hub. So I may say of this volume of mine that here are many themes and chapterheading, but there is but one central thought into which they all converge, and that is that the universe is good, and that it is our rare good fortune to form a part of it. As this collection of essays does not aim to be a systematic treatise on any one theme, but rather a series of sallies, excursions, into the world of semi-philosophical speculation, there is inevitably much repetition; there may even be some contradiction. But I have concluded to let them stand, as I find myself an interested spectator of the workings of my own mind when, in following different roads, it arrives at the same truth. As all roads lead to Rome, so in the realm, in which my mind works in this volume, all roads lead to the conclusion that his is the best possible world, and these people in it are the best possible people."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589630970
Publisher: Press Holdings International
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

I.Shall we Accept the Universe?3
II.Manifold Nature19
III.Each for its Own Sake30
IV.The Universal Beneficence54
V.The Good Devils73
VI.The Natural Providence90
VII.The Faith of a Naturalist112
VIII.A Fallacy made in Germany134
IX.The Price of Development138
X.Tooth and Claw158
XI.Men and Trees173
XII.The Problem of Evil193
XIII.Horizon Lines
I.The Origin of Life203
II.The Living and Non-Living Worlds205
III.The Organizing Tendency207
IV.Science and Mysticism211
V.Is There Design in Nature?219
VI.Our Impartial Mother225
VII.Baffling Truths226
VIII.Sense Contradictions230
IX.Man a Part of Nature233
X.The Fittest to Survive237
XI.The Power of Choice238
XII.Illusions239
XIII.Is Nature Suicidal?242
XIV.The Persistence of Energy245
XIV.Soundings
I.The Great Mystery253
II.The Natural Order257
III.Logic and Religious Beliefs261
IV.A Chip from the Old Block265
V.A Personal God266
VI.The Eternal270
VII.An Impartial Deity275
VIII.Finite and Infinite278
IX.The Insoluble280
X.Paying the Debt282
XI.Death288
XII.Heaven and Earth293
XIII.Thinking and Acting296
XIV.The Tide of Life304
XV.Faith Founded Upon a Rock309
XV.The Poet of the Cosmos316

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Accepting the Universe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
pansociety on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent discussion by one of America's foremost naturalists of the reality of Nature and man's place in it; Burroughs forthrightly identifies Pantheism as the best solution to the problem of having a religion based on truth not superstition.
muirpower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic by America's most forgotten naturalist. Forgotten by neglect, not by merit! Burroughs ought to be remembered more, for his message in Accepting our Universe is even more relevant today than it was when he wrote it.
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