Interpretation of the Spiritual Philosophy by James GurnhillInterpretation of the Spiritual Philosophy by James Gurnhill

Interpretation of the Spiritual Philosophy

byJames Gurnhill

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV Life--continued Personality and Environment. Personality is the peculiar prerogative of man, and the attribute, not of the psyche, which he possesses in common with other animal organisms, but of the soul, or spirit, to which he alone can lay claim. And this view of the subject enables us to integrate and correlate the whole process of mental and spiritual evolution, from its earliest beginnings in reflex action and aneuric consciousness, to its higher development in self-consciousness and moral and religious perception. Psychic And Spiritual Evolution Life, according to our definition, is consciousness, and by consciousness we understand the power to perceive and respond to environment. Here then we have two factors: (a) the perceiving subject or agent, and (b) the object perceived, i.e. the environment. And the two are mutually related. Envibonment But what do we mean by environment in this connection? Of course it hardly need be pointed out that environment has a different meaning for every form of life. The environment of an amoeba or an earth-worm will be very limited compared with that of an eagle or a lion. And the environment of these latter in turn will be greatly inferior to the environment of a man. And, generally speaking, the environment of different organisms will vary according to their biological development. In itself the environment is unlimited, for it is nothing less than the Universe, in which we live and move and have our being. But how are we to define the Universe? We cannot. Because it is infinite, not only in spatial extent, but also in its content; its content not only physical and material but metaphysical and spiritual. And it is this infinite environment, which acting as an inexhaustible stimulus on the responsive ...
Title:Interpretation of the Spiritual PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217934196

ISBN - 13:9780217934190