Life Beyond Death

Life Beyond Death

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...you have proved it, and demonstrated by adequate evidence that it is true. When most people say "I know," they will be found if you catechise them a little, to believe a thing with a good deal of force. But a person has no right to say he knows, unless he does know. I have tried for years to keep the words "know" and "knowledge" for those things. There are a thousand things that I believe, that I do not know. There are a thousand things that I think, for which the evidence seems strong enough to be called probable; there is more in its favour than there is in favour of the opposite proposition; but I do not know these things, I simply believe them probable. I hold them tentatively; and I wait for evidence. Now there is the essence of Agnosticism, as Huxley meant it. He said: "You tell me about a certain kind of God, --a kind of God who foreordained everything that was to hap pen in this world, and who is going to damn people who do not believe in a particular Church. You say you know it. I don't know it. As to this I am an Agnostic." "They tell me this Bible is infallible from one end to the other," Huxley might say. "I do not know anything about it; and I think I can prove the contrary. But if you will not accept evidence, I cannot have anything further to do with you, because I cannot talk with a man who will not hear evidence." So as to this whole range of so-called spiritual things, the existence of purgatory and hell and the traditional kind of haaven, Mr. Huxley said simply, "I don't know." No true Agnostic ever says he knows a negative can be proved any more than can a positive. He may feel very strongly about it either way, like other men. There is a certain class of men...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621301
  • 9781236621306