Universal Beliefs; Or, the Great Consensus

Universal Beliefs; Or, the Great Consensus

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...in a hereafter does sometimes retreat as knowledge advances, but it is not because of such advance. It is rather in spite of it. Dislike to the truth, superficial examination, intellectual dishonesty, prejudices of many sorts, hasty and erratic thinking in the modes perhaps of science and philosophy falsely so called--such things, and sometimes downright wickedness, are by no means unknown to men of talents and information, and are enough to "create a soul (of unbelief) under the ribs of death." Now let us see whether this wide consent of creeds and nations and ages to a spiritual nature in man, to a future state for it, and to its endlessness, is not supported by still another consensus. I. As to the existence of the soul itself as a being distinct from the body. If thought, feeling, and choice are not due to such a being, they must result from bodily organization. But mere combination and arrangement of atoms, however elaborate, cannot generate essentially new properties--can only modify such as already exist. But among the properties belonging to material atoms our science has not yet detected any save what differ in nature, toto orbe, from the properties which we call spiritual. If we know anything, we know that intelligence, purpose, sensibility, memory, consciousness, do not belong in the slightest degree to atoms of matter, but are totally different in nature from such qualities as we do know to characterize matter, e. g., gravitation, chemical affinity. Further; if our mental operations are a product of mere matter with its forces and laws, then they are necessary; we cannot think, feel, or choose differently from what we do. We are no more responsible for our choices, and the actions that flow from them, than a stone is for...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592654
  • 9781236592651