Thoughts on Prayer Selected Chiefly from Modern Writers by W.E. Winks

Thoughts on Prayer Selected Chiefly from Modern Writers by W.E. Winks

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...a dream, on the phantasms of which it is idle to reason at all. It is so universal a fact of general human consciousness, that if it be not true, every language under the sun must be reconstructed, all the laws and institutions of society must fall to pieces, every religion, and almost every philosophy, must confess itself a delusion and a lie. I return, therefore, unhesitatingly to the assertion that the human will, under the influence of ideas, suggested by reason, conscience, imagination, affection, is the factor in the working out of God's will of a wholly different kind from the physical system of Nature, whether it be ruled by simple physical force, or by the subtler power of animal or vegetative life. In the original and proper sense of the word, it is, of course, wholly under law; in the physical sense of the word, taking it as a whole, it is not. Now, when this distinction is clearly understood, I must ask you to notice two things. First--what is very remarkable--that these two powers, the physical and the spiritual, by processes to us utterly mysterious, act upon and influence each other. How marvellously is this true in respect of the body and the soul of man! Next, I must ask you to observe another point--that in this mutual contact, these two kinds of powers do not (as is sometimes loosely said) suspend, but rather interpenetrate each other. If a stone is falling to the ground, I can suffer it to fall, or I can intervene by my will by putting out my hand to stop it. But in either case what are called physical laws--the operations of physical force--are not suspended. They are simply modified in complexity, in direction, in the proportion of latent to active force, and in result. If, again, physical influences affect the mind, as in...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236553942
  • 9781236553942