Short View of Great Questions

September 12, 2013|
Short View of Great Questions by Orlando Jay Smith
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...from him; when the love of friends and kindred is as nothing, and faith in himself dies, then the thought of lying down in a dreamless sleep which shall have no awakening is pleasant and alluring to him. This thought may fit into the moods of dying races or of descending souls; but it can never satisfy the aspirations of the brave, the strong, the hopeful or the true-hearted. XXII. THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY IS THE NATURAL FAITH OF MANKIND. HERBERT SPENCER, in discussing the origin and probability of moral and religious beliefs, asserts that what great numbers have believed for long periods must have some basis in truth, and adds: "More especially may we safely assume this in the case of beliefs that have long existed and are widely diffused: and most of all so, in the case of beliefs that are perennial and nearly or quite universal. The presumption that any current opinion is not wholly false, gains in strength according to the number of its adherents. Admitting, as we must, that life is impossible unless through a certain agreement between internal convictions and external circumstances; admitting therefore that the probabilities are always in favor of the truth, or at least the partial truth, of a conviction; we must admit that the convictions entertained by many minds in common are the most likely to have some foundation." Abraham Lincoln, in more homely phrase, said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time; but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." Nearly all men in nearly all times have believed in the immortality of the soul in some form; some believing in the half-truth of after-existence only, and others in both pre-existence and after-existence. Herbert Spencer says...
Title:Short View of Great Questions
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:22 pages, 9.69 X 7.44 X 0.05 in
Shipping dimensions:22 pages, 9.69 X 7.44 X 0.05 in
Published:September 12, 2013
Publisher:General Books LLC
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781230291383

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