Theories And Criticisms; Being Brief Essays On Metaphysical And Other Subjects

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byJ. Mcd. Scott

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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. 1883. Excerpt: ... ELEMENTS OF RELIGION AS TRACED IN HUMAN NATURE. PART L--OF HUMAN NATURE. That every one should love his neighbor as himself, that each should have at heart the interests of every one as he has his own, and that humanity should be thus bound together in love as a living whole,--this, I suppose, is the ideal of humanity. It would be in accordance with Shakspeare's theory, that "nature is made better by no mean, but nature makes that mean" to call this the natural state of man. It is natural as opposed to perverted or distorted. It is more common, however, in this connexion to use the word natural as opposed to cultivated or trained. In this sense the natural state of man is very different from the ideal state. The primary impulse of every human being, and we may as well say of every sentient being, is a desire for self-gratification. Our natural affections may seem exceptions, but they are not so. The primary impulse is to make them merely ways and means of personal enjoyment. Mark that I am not saying that all men are utterly selfish. Far from it. I speak merely of the instinctive impulse, as yet unaffected by religious or moral training. In all our natural desires the fundamental principle is something which looks to self alone aud makes no provision for another, and which looks to the present alone and makes no provision for the future. This is man's total depravity. This is what Paul meant by the carnal mind. Now to follow blindly the leadings of these natural desires, is the sure way not only to miss in large measure the very gratification we seek, but to bring upon ourselves unnumbered ills. (It is to be remembered here and always that every principle of the science of human nature must be understood with an "other things being equal," and that the "other things" are never equal...

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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. 1883. Excerpt: ... ELEMENTS OF RELIGION AS TRACED IN HUMAN NATURE. PART L--OF HUMAN NATURE. That every one should love his neighbor as himself, that each should have at hear...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780217901284

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