Faith in God and Modern Atheism; Compared in Their Essential Nature, Theoretic Grounds, and Practical Influence Volume 1

Faith in God and Modern Atheism; Compared in Their Essential Nature, Theoretic Grounds, and Practical Influence Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and serious inquirer after truth will feel that he is shut up to the necessity of deciding in favour of the one or the other. If he shall decide in favour of the idea that the world, as now constituted and peopled, has existed from all eternity, he must grapple with the formidable objections to that theory arising both from Geology and History: if, on the contrary, he shall adopt the other alternative, and admit that the existing races had a beginning, --that the human species, in particular, has not always existed on the earth, --then he must account for the origin of such a product; and if he cannot do so by means of any known natural law, he will be constrained to ascribe it to the interposition of an Omniscient and Almighty Creator. In a recent work, --" EssAYs," by the Rev. Baden Powell of Oxford, --an attempt is made to invalidate the grounds of that confidence which many Theists repose in the conclusions deduced from such Vestiges of the recent commencement of vegetable and animal tribes. The appearance of such a work, from such a quarter, may well be regarded as an ominous "sign of the times." It proceeds from the pen of a distinguished divine of the Church of England, holding an influential position in one of our national Universities;--and it contains an elaborate argument directed to vindicate and establish--not the scientific details--but " the broad philosophical principles" of the " Vestiges," as well as to discredit and subvert the ordinarily received doctrine respecting the Oreation of the world. The comparatively recent origin of the existing races is not denied; but it is conceived that it may be satisfactorily accounted for, at least to a large extent, by a natural law of...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236781945
  • 9781236781949