A Protest Against Agnosticism; The Rationale Or Philosophy Of Belief

by Penelope Frederica Fitzgerald

General Books LLC | February 8, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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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.1890 Excerpt: ... tions. If we have not such, what meaning has poetry or art for us? If, like the French Margot, we only love the clink of money, even Nature has no charms for us. Ni le cri de Valouette, ni le chant du rossignol, make any appeal to the worshippers of Mammon. A state of consciousness gets all its definitions from previous representations in memory, which, of course, are coloured by our present state of consciousness. Byron says--"Joy''s remembrance is no longer joy, Whilst sorrow''s memory is a sorrow still." This is only true of a person who is unhappy in the present. For the sorrowful heart will echo past sorrows, but has no echo of a past joy; and in this world of vicissitude, this valley of the shadow of death, is not our sincerest pleasure fraught with some pain of memory or of fearful anticipation? Only through the peace which passeth this world''s understanding or explanation--that is to say, only through the peace that springs from faith, love, and hope in God--can we know the rest of security even for the joy of spiritual love; for hope is its cradle and despair is its grave. "It would seem as if the brain were like a very delicate photograph plate, which takes accurate impressions of all perceptions, whether we notice n. Sensorial them or not, and stores tnem up, ready to impressions. be reproduced whenever stronger impressions are dormant, and memory, by some strange caprice, breathes on the plate." "Perception, however caused, whether by outward stimulation of real objects, r or THt UNIVERSITY or by former perceptions revived by memory, sends a stream of energy through the sense area, which, like a river divided into numerous channels, by expanding fertilises the intellectual area; and conversely, the process is reversed when what we call will is ex...

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Published: February 8, 2012

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Language: English

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A Protest Against Agnosticism; The Rationale Or Philosophy Of Belief

by Penelope Frederica Fitzgerald

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 in

Published: February 8, 2012

Publisher: General Books LLC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443270032

ISBN - 13: 9781443270038

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This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Published by: Paul in 1890 in 173 pages; Subjects: Belief and doubt; Agnosticism; Fiction / Classics; History / General; Literary Collections / General; Literary Criticism / General; Philosophy / Epistemology; Religion / Agnosticism;

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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.1890 Excerpt: ... tions. If we have not such, what meaning has poetry or art for us? If, like the French Margot, we only love the clink of money, even Nature has no charms for us. Ni le cri de Valouette, ni le chant du rossignol, make any appeal to the worshippers of Mammon. A state of consciousness gets all its definitions from previous representations in memory, which, of course, are coloured by our present state of consciousness. Byron says--"Joy''s remembrance is no longer joy, Whilst sorrow''s memory is a sorrow still." This is only true of a person who is unhappy in the present. For the sorrowful heart will echo past sorrows, but has no echo of a past joy; and in this world of vicissitude, this valley of the shadow of death, is not our sincerest pleasure fraught with some pain of memory or of fearful anticipation? Only through the peace which passeth this world''s understanding or explanation--that is to say, only through the peace that springs from faith, love, and hope in God--can we know the rest of security even for the joy of spiritual love; for hope is its cradle and despair is its grave. "It would seem as if the brain were like a very delicate photograph plate, which takes accurate impressions of all perceptions, whether we notice n. Sensorial them or not, and stores tnem up, ready to impressions. be reproduced whenever stronger impressions are dormant, and memory, by some strange caprice, breathes on the plate." "Perception, however caused, whether by outward stimulation of real objects, r or THt UNIVERSITY or by former perceptions revived by memory, sends a stream of energy through the sense area, which, like a river divided into numerous channels, by expanding fertilises the intellectual area; and conversely, the process is reversed when what we call will is ex...