Science and the Faith; Essays on Apologetic Subjects

Science and the Faith; Essays on Apologetic Subjects

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...itself the more philosophical students of nature. Certainly whether such an explanation was necessary or not in former days, it no longer appeals to men. The assumptions with which we approach the question are changed, and the change is entirely in the direction of making the fact of Miracles more intelligible. It is possible now to take hold of the truth which, though it is as old as monotheism, appears as a new discovery in the nineteenth-century science, the truth that the physical and the moral are not "sundered as with an axe," but have a common source; that though the moral is higher than the physical, the difference is one of degree and not of kind; and therefore that there is a moral purpose even in the so-called uniformity of Nature--a truth which the older teleology in a crude and anthropomorphic way had seized--while, in what we call the moral world, there is law and order and rationality, as much as in that world which we call physical. Of course Bishop Temple would not deny this. Indeed, in his closing lecture, he says plainly that " the physical and spiritual world are one whole, and that neither is complete without the other " (p. 246); and that " it would be a serious difficulty if things physical and things spiritual were cut off from one another by an absolute gulf" (p. 234). But this does not prevent him from constantly speaking of the physical order, as if God had somehow delegated His powers to subordinate forces, reserving only to Himself the right of veto on their exercise; while even His exercise of that power is "exceedingly rare, and for that reason need not be taken into account in the investigation of nature " (p. 229). Consequently the Bishop does not avail himself of all that evolution is doing to prove the unity more

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