Faith and Thought Volume 3

Faith and Thought Volume 3

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...has yet seen. They involve also another subject of inquiry and thought, which the non-theistic philosophers of the day would do well to ponder. Why all that ruin to which all geology bears witness? The Bible furnishes a clue, if not an answer: --If there was sin before Adam, there was ruin before Adam. May not the one have been connected with the other; and so this earth have been the battle-field between sin and holiness, --the theatre of probation--a spectacle to angelic worlds? The limits of this essay do not permit me to apply the same principles to the narrative of the Noachic flood, with all its interesting questions of the redistribution of animals, and of the families of men. That Mosaic narrative throws a flood of light upon these questions. Without it we could not tell--1. Why there are no historic nations south of the Torrid Zone. 2. Why there are no land animals south of the same zone which could not have crossed that zone. 3. Why, with regard to language, philologers have been compelled to divide mankind into three great divisions. I pass on, however, to another aspect of the scientific interpretation of Scripture: its suggestive character in the scattered notices of natural phenomena. It is often said that the Bible was not written to teach science, and therefore we need not look for infallibility in its scientific allusions. This principle would degrade the sacred volume to a human level. If the book be divine, all its statements must be true. The word of God, like the works of God, does not present truth in a scientific method but in separate phenomena, leaving to men the task of arrangement and systematizing. As in the one, so in the other, we approximate to a perfect system from age to age. Each separate statement or phenomenon more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236658639
  • 9781236658630