The Idea Of God As Affected By Modern Knowledge

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byJohn Fiske

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... XIV. The Power that makes for Righteousness. v^P?|LTHOUGH it was the Darwinian theory of natural selection which overthrew the argument from design, yet -- as I have argued in another place--when thoroughly understood it will be found to replace as much teleology as it destroys.24 Indeed, the doctrine of evolution, in all its chapters, has a certain teleological aspect, although it does not employ those methods which in the hands of the champions of final causes have been found so misleading. The doctrine of evolution does not regard any given arrangement of things as scientifically explained when it is shown to subserve some good purpose, but it seeks its explanation in such antecedent conditions as may have been competent to bring about the arrangement in question. Nevertheless, the doctrine of evolution is not only perpetually showing us the purposes which the arrangements of Nature subserve, but throughout one large section of the ground which it covers it points to a discernible dramatic tendency, a clearlymarked progress of events toward a mighty goal. Now it especially concerns us to note that this large section is just the one, and the only one, which our powers of imagination are able to compass. The astronomic story of the universe is altogether too vast for us to comprehend in such wise as to tell whether it shows any dramatic tendency or not.25 But in the story of the evolution of life upon the surface of our earth, where alone we are able to compass the phenomena, we see all things working together, through countless ages of toil and trouble, toward one glorious consummation. It is therefore a fair inference, though a bold one, that if our means of exploration were such that we could compass the story of all the systems of worlds that shine in the spacious firmament, we...

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... XIV. The Power that makes for Righteousness. v^P?|LTHOUGH it was the Darwinian theory of natural selection which overthrew the argument from design, yet -...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217587070

ISBN - 13:9780217587075

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