The right to believe by Eleanor Rowland WembridgeThe right to believe by Eleanor Rowland Wembridge

The right to believe

byEleanor Rowland Wembridge

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... m THE NATURE OP GOD AND OF MAN So far we have been discussing the question of God's existence, without once asking the very natural questions, "What do we mean by God? What means have we of knowing what kind of a personality He is, granting that He exists at all?" At least we have got started on our road, if we remember the conclusion of the last discussion, namely, that we have a right--other things being equal--to believe what we hope. We must begin, then, by carefully deciding what we hope,--that idea must be very clear, before we can go further,--and then we will decide whether other things are equal. Do we have at least enough of possible evidence on our side to justify our indulging in a hearty and satisfying belief in what we wish should be true? In a certain sense all of us do know what we mean by God. We know well enough what we have meant by the word, to make the discussion possible up to this point without any further definition. But now we must become more explicit. Our third type of objector, the man who desired a good God, but was unable to believe in Him because of a bad world, has received but little attention so far, because his doubts were founded more on God's nature than on His existence. Was he right? Are we forced to believe in a bad God if any, or is that a contradiction? And what shall be our basis of decision: the outside world, or our own minds; the good in the world, or its evil? Is there any conception large enough to include them all? We will begin, however, in the simplest possible way. Whether we can have it or not, whether the evidence is for or against, we will ask, "What do we want?" That seemed a reliable guide in the previous discussion, and perhaps it will be so again. The attributes that the world has apparently wante...
Title:The right to believeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217633943

ISBN - 13:9780217633949