Dogmatic Theology; Introduction to Dogmatic Theology Volume 1

Dogmatic Theology; Introduction to Dogmatic Theology Volume 1

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...implicit logic defying articulate analysis.1 The contents of such knowledge share the common necessity of every kind of knowledge, of being subject to the test of wider experience. If it stands this test, it is as securely established as it can be. The knowledge which physical scientists possess of natural laws has this nature. As we have said already, the validity of knowledge does not depend ultimately upon the nature of the rational process, if normal, by which it is conditioned, but upon the trustworthiness of our cognitive faculties, a trustworthiness which we have to assume in practice; and it is confirmed by the harmony of what we are conscious of knowing with experience in general. There are only two legitimate ways of impugning the testimony of consciousness in this matter: (a) by showing that our minds have acted contrary to the observed laws of human knowledge, so as to fall into some logical fallacy; (b) by contrary evidence derived from experience, or the failure of what is thought to be known to fulfil the function of a working hypothesis.1 1 Moberly, Reason and Relig., p. 24, shows that the more instant the process of mental judgment the more perfect it is. Newman, as we saw in note 1 of p. 115, vindicates what he calls the "illative sense" at some length, Grammar oj Assent, ch. viii., ix. "The mind itself is more versatile than any of its works, ... and it is only under its penetrating action that the margin disappears... intervening between verbal argumentation and concrete conclusions." In his University Sermons, xi., Newman applies this principle to the justification of faith, wherein the gap between articulate reasons and the mind's judgment is peculiarly noticeable. The world brings against faith more

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