The experience of God in modern life

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byEugene William Lyman

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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: ... THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD AND COSMIC EVOLUTION To bring these two ideas into relation at the present juncture in human affairs may seem to be a venturesome task. For cosmic evolution has become again a matter of painful ambiguity in its bearing upon the religious consciousness. The situation is, indeed, not the same as it was fifty years ago, when the idea of evolution first gained scientific authority through Darwin's Origin of Species and wrought such havoc in the realm of religious faith. For then the question was not primarily whether there was enough good in the world to justify the idea of God, but rather it was the question whether the good that was here had not come about in entirely natural ways, thus making the idea of a supernatural source for the good unnecessary. Natural selection was felt to be entirely hostile to the ideas of creation and providence; evolution 101 seemed to leave no room for theism. And so for many, as for Romanes, the universe "lost its soul of loveliness" and faith became no longer tenable; while most of those who retained their faith felt that the idea of evolution was something to be bitterly opposed. But for our intellectual leadership, and to a large extent also for intelligent popular thought, this situation has practically disappeared. In fact, evolution has been increasingly looked upon as furnishing the strongest kind of support for faith. Evolution, we have been wont to say, is simply God's method of revelation. The uniformity of nature, religious teachers have often affirmed, is but the steadfastness of the divine character, and physical laws are the habits of God. And while Christian theists have long since ceased to draw an argument from design from the human eye or ear or hand, they frequently have claimed that a...

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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: ... THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD AND COSMIC EVOLUTION To bring these two ideas into relation at the present juncture in human affairs may...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217293050

ISBN - 13:9780217293051

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