The Testimony of Reason by Samuel Louis PhillipsThe Testimony of Reason by Samuel Louis Phillips

The Testimony of Reason

bySamuel Louis Phillips

Paperback | February 2, 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. 1903. Excerpt: ... CHRIST The divinity of Christ has been and is a stumbling block to many persons as anxious to know the truth as the most sincere believers in the Trinity. I recognize well that no man living has seen Christ, or His miracles, and belief in Him to the extent of the Christian creed must be largely a matter of faith. For myself, I have been led by a purely rational system of argumentation to accept in the fullest sense the Divinity of Christ. To show the train of reasoning which has brought me to this conclusion, I must repeat, in the first place, the rational argument for faith and its necessity. We start again with the fundamental proposition that God's Providence is one of progression from the lower to the higher state as exhibited in all the organic domains of nature and this progression is the result of individual efforts, either involuntary or conscious, exerted in overcoming obstacles. Without obstacles to be overcome there can be no effort. This proposition applies to the moral nature of man as well as to his physical and mental qualities. As I think the subject out, there could be no moral growth in believing in God and worshipping Him if He had made His presence as visible at all times as the sun to men; there could be no increased development in man's morality if there were no temptations and no sin to combat. By analogy to a strictly physical law, in order to exert force there must be a resistance to be contended against, so to exert moral strength there must be something to offer resistance--such as an absence of absolutely definite knowledge of the Being our consciousness instinctively points to as an object to be worshipped, or a natural selfishness opposed by conscience, and which we know it is demanded of us to subdue or regulate within the b...
Title:The Testimony of ReasonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217108938

ISBN - 13:9780217108935