The Works Of Orestes A. Brownson (volume 3); Philosophy Of Religion: Philosophy of religion (v. 3)

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byOrestes Augustus Brownson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... being, feeling, willing, in connection with God, for these words have a sense limited to finite ideas." Very true when applied to finite existences, but not necessarily when applied to the infinite being or being in its plenitude. Being is the proper term to apply to God, for lie reveals himself to Moses as I Am That Am. The term of absolute, which the author uses after his German masters, is badly chosen, foi it is an abstract term, and expresses only an abstract idea, obtained only by our mental operation. God is no abstraction, for if he were he would exist only in our mind. There are no abstractions in the real, and God is the infinitely real. "He is not infinite, for God is infinite only on condition of being All." Is he not all that is? Nature, the world, humanity, do not limit him, for he is their Creator, and their being is in him. They add nothing to him, for they are his acts, and simply show forth his power. It is idle to pretend that the exercise of power is the limitation of power. In the same way the other objections urged are answerable. The author denies power to God, because "power is the exercise of superior force against a body that resists. Suppress the idea of resistance, and the idea of power disappears." Of one sort of power, perhaps; but is there no power where there is no resistance? If not, what is there for body to resist? It is not the resistance that creates the force; and if there were not, prior to it, power inherent in the subject of the force, there would be nothing for the resisting body to resist. Why, the author has not mastered the very rudiments of the science he professes to teach. We do not pretend to comprehend God, or that any created mind can form an adequate idea or conception of him. All our conceptions of him are ina...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... being, feeling, willing, in connection with God, for these words have a sense limited to finite ideas." Very true when applied to fin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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