The Methodist Review Volume 22

The Methodist Review Volume 22

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... one liable to the perversion of all spiritual phenomena as resulting from mere natural agencies; in fact, the putting these effects into the category of a mechaniml necessity which would make all moral distinctions mere verbal fallacies--the statement of propositions having no basis of truth. Our author is a Christian scientist, and writes in the interest of religious advancement. But natural law in the spiritual world is well nigh a solecism in language. We can readily see how spiritual law may invade the realm of nature, as we have already shown; for by assumption, spirit is endowed with intelligence and a volitive faculty which makes nature subservient to chosen ends; but the reverse of this we cannot admit until prepared to put volition, as a link, into the fixed chain of concatenated events. Such a scheme of thought does not indeed abrogate intelligence, but it certainly makes consciousness mendacions in that the illusion of freedom exists contrary to every logical deduction. It would be folly to deny all causative power of nature on the mind; and to assert that our environments have nothing to do with our moral nature--have nothing to do with character. The potency of material forces is very great and clearly perceived by the mind itself. But by ineradicable belief the mind has laws in itself of permanent authority which may be obeyed or basely surrendered to our inferior uuturc. Men are controlled in action by their beliefs, by their emotions, by their reason. So far as these states of mind are induced by natural law, by material surroundings, they are unavoidable, and without any claim to self-origination. It is indisputable, however, that men often act in defiance of every prompting to do wrong, and boldly do right, and vice...
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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929365
  • 9781236929365