The Improvement Era Volume 17

The Improvement Era Volume 17

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...degradation of learning to the supporting of a gratuitous dogma. Its influence in religious thinking is seen in the development of the loose and negative attitude, popularly dignified by the term "liberalism," which indicates, precisely, lack of positive conviction and a general unworthy and really unreligious complacency of mind. In this particular it parallels the influence of Hegelian philosophy, as explained by Prof. Francis Bowen as follows: "One source of the great popularity of Hegeliariism, especially with politicians and theologians, may be_ found in its conciliatory character. It has a strong tendency to bridge over the separation of parties and differences of creeds, and to effect compromises between jarring opinions. The law of trichotomy, which is the basis of the Hegelian logic enables us to take up any two contradictor ideas, and melt theni into one synthetic notion which includes Y.. them both. Hence, _a consistent and expert Hegelian may repeat any theological creed, JOIII any political party, or defend any philosophical system, without prejudice to the opinions which he formerly avowed."--.l/Iodern Philosophy. At the present day the matter is even worse, since the socalled doctrine of evolution is an even better breeder of essential hypocrisy than even the ingenious speculations of Hegel and all his disciples. Schopenhauer, a violent opponent of Hegelianisni. ' and at the same time an equally strong antagonist of materialism, as expressed in the vapid speculations of mere scientific specialists, "who know nothing else," speaks feelingly of "the steady growth of unbelief in the face of all hypocritical dissembling and the outward conformity to the Church." This is to be seen...show more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888529
  • 9781236888525