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A Candid Examination Of Theism

Auhtor: George John Romanes

Language: english
Published: 1878

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Review by Joanna Daneman, August 2006


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Excerpts from the Book 'A Candid Examination Of Theism':

... truly moral, way of regarding the question to be discussed in the following pages, even if the conclusions yielded by this discussion were more negative ...
... require to read in the facts of the external world an indication, whether true or false, of some such presiding agency. The subjective mind being, ...
... superfluous for these chapters have clearly shown that, if there is a God, his existence, considered as a cause of things, is as certainly unnecessary ...
... I should be as unable to disprove this his supposed theory as I am now unable to disprove his actual theory. But in all cases reasonable men ought to ...
... argument, must be taken to mean our ability to frame what we may term a material conception, or a representation in thought of the whole history ...
... of a physical explanation of cosmic harmony are no less undoubtedly present on the other hand, it follows that a theist and an atheist have an equal ...
... it is unthinkable that Matter should be the cause of Mind, in that precise degree must it be unthinkable that Mind was ever the cause of Matter, the ...
... that the last-mentioned opinion is the one to which I myself subscribe, for I am quite unable to understand how any one at the present day, and with the ...
... and thus the phenomena of conscience as a dictate avail to impress the imagination with the picture of a Supreme Governor, a Judge, holy, just, powerful, ...
... Designer stands to the Designed,-much less to argue from the fact that the Supreme Mind, even supposing it to exist, caused the observable products ...
... to this matter into an attitude of the purest scepticism. And forasmuch as I am far from being able to agree with those who affirm that the twilight ...
... pages,-it has been chiefly for this reason that I have extended this Appendix to so great a length. I shall now conclude it by quoting some sentences ...
... our own. And if it is retorted that, human nature being everywhere the same, a form of religion that is adapted to one man must on this account be adapted ...
... of all his psychical attributes, forthwith proceeds to show how it may be dimly possible to reinvest him with attributes that are quasi-psychical. Mr. ...
... effected as equivalent to the possession of knowledge that such transmutation had not been effected, how much more illegitimate must it be to commit ...
... And yet, such is the warping effect of preformed beliefs on the mind, that even so candid a writer as essor Flint can thus write of this most obvious ...
... the result is alike just what we should expect to find on the supposition of these pleasures and pains having been due to necessary and physical, as ...
... our individual consciousness, but which are uniformly translated into consciousness as Force and Matter. Now it does not signify one iota for the purposes ...
... (and any additional number of the like kind) do not logically warrant us in concluding that mental states are necessarily dependent upon material ...
... be said to be inconceivable to the intelligence of that individual or generation only in a relative sense apart from the special condition to which ...