Scientific theology

Paperback | January 5, 2012

byThomas Walter Barber

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. MATTER AND SPIRIT. The considerations involved in the investigations that have formed the subjects of the previous chapters have brought us now to a position in which it becomes important to obtain as clear an exposition as our present knowledge will enable us to do, of the special and distinguishing attributes of spirit as distinct from matter. We have hitherto said very little about soul or spirit, because the terms--to most minds--convey preconceived ideas that interfere greatly with a candid and unprejudiced examination of the facts. We have rather proceeded upon a purely scientific and rational basis, in order to divest our minds and those of our readers of all merely religious bias, that we might, from material considerations only, arrive by a process of induction at the unseen but universal world of causes. This is commonly called the spiritual world, and we see no reason why the term should not be retained. We would, however, ask the reader first to set aside for the time all preconceived ideas of winged angels, cherubim, seraphim, and all such ideas as are insensibly impressed upon our minds by pictures, word-pictures, and the poetry of current religious ideas, as well as the notion so commonly entertained of spirit, that it is attenuated matter, vapour, breath, or something equally unsubstantial and shadowy, and approach the subject with us from the position we have attained in the previous chapters. We must not be understood by this to wish to destroy the reader's ideas of form in relation to spirit, but to ask him to follow us in our examination of the subject both as to form and essence, without reference to preconceived ideas. It will have been observed that we have several times emphasized our belief in the doctrine of uses, h...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. MATTER AND SPIRIT. The considerations involved in the investigations that have formed the subjects of the previo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217865259

ISBN - 13:9780217865258

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