The Church and the Changing Order by Shailer MathewsThe Church and the Changing Order by Shailer Mathews

The Church and the Changing Order

byShailer Mathews

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...moments of time. I/ /. t 1 Cf. Regis: Cours Entier: la Metaph. liv. i. pt. i. chap. xn Clauberg: Exercitationes, xxiv. 2 Rdponses aux Premieres Objections, i. p. 383. Since Descartes' assertion that the parts of time ___-are independent of one another really rests, though he nowhere explicitly says so, on the assumption that time is discrete,2 such argument defeats itself by its own internal self-contradictoriness. As the moments of time in which God recreates us are separate and distinct, either they must be indivisible, and so having no duration be incapable of composing 1 Exercitationes, xxvn. 2 Regis, it is significant, speaks of time as divisible into a great number of pHrts. Loc. cit. time, or self-continuance in existence, however short that continuance be, is admitted. To recognise, on the other hand, the infinite divisibility of time is to recognise its continuity, and therefore to deny that assumption of independent real parts upon which the argument proceeds. This assumption of the discreteness of time Descartes partly conceals by speaking of God as continually conserving us. If his view of time be correct, our existence is like a line composed of dots, a repeated alternation between the state of being and the state of not-being. This whole line of argument is of value only as an illustration of the impossible demands of Descartes' rationalism, and of the absolute occasionalism which is its only refuge. By conceiving God through the unanalysed, and mystically formed, conceptions of absolute perfection (that includes the perfection of self-caused reality), and of perfect simplicity (that does not exclude the richest variety), Descartes assumes all that is required to account for what he has made unaccountable in the finite....
Title:The Church and the Changing OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217752691

ISBN - 13:9780217752695