Ultimate Conceptions of Faith

Ultimate Conceptions of Faith

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... The main business of man and beast is the same; it is to maintain life and to repeat it in descendants. Political economy, ethics, social science, government, and art are as truly, although not so fully, predicable of the bee as of the human being. The intellectual and moral life of man is sound only as it relates to self-continuance and self-reproduction; it is genuine only so far as it is an amplification of the intellectual and moral life of the animal. Heaven and hell, other than happy or unhappy terrestial moods and conditions, are unknown to this view; the eternal consequence of human behavior is a poetic exaggeration; right and wrong have an essentially biological meaning, and transcendental significance they have none; the thirst of the human soul for the living God is a fanaticism, a form of disease; the question of life after death is one that must be settled in the negative. The whole supersensuous and divine meaning of existence becomes mythological; the unique dignity and career of man is lost in his complete identification with the life below him. This is the profoundest and the most serious menace to the human interpretation of man's existence. It must be met with the whole power of an inspired humanity. It is a caricature, and as such excites indignation; but it is not a conscious caricature. It is the mood into which men drop when the vigorous application of conscience to life has ceased. The interpretation of human existence downward is inevitable when its upward affinities cease to be urgent, when they become altogether passive and dim. The natural man always looks for his kindred below him, and where the spiritual man is as good as non-existent, life sinks almost without protest. This permanent tendency, in the absence of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509188
  • 9781236509185