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Science and the faith

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Pages: 132

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Aubrey Lackington Moore

Excerpt from book: II. THE UNITY OF NATURE No apology is needed for attempting a full and detailed examination of Tlie Unity of Nature. Even apart from the interest and importance attaching to a work by the writer of " The Reign of Law," no one can have glanced through the articles, as they appeared in the " Contemporary Review," without feeling that, when collected into a. volume, they must take their place among books which, whether they are accepted or rejected, cannot be ignored. Men will of course variously estimate the positive results of the essay: and specialists will be sure to fasten upon particular arguments and illustrations, which, if not unfair, are at least unfortunate. And yet the value of the book will depend neither upon its science nor upon its theology, but upon its fearless attempt to grapple with great questions : upon the suggestive- ness of the answers proposed, even when it may not be possible for us entirely to accept them :and above all upon its philosophical grasp of that unity, in which differences are not lost but harmonised. 'The Unity of Nature," by the Duke of Argyll. London: Alexander Strahan. It is often said that the last age looked for hard lines, and rested satisfied with elaborate classifications, while our age must have unity at any price, and will rather explain away a fact, than recognise anything which does not fall into its place in the system of the whole. In our day Deism exists only as a " survival," and few things are harder for us than to believe that it was once so widely accepted. Materialism and Pantheism we can understand. We feel the attractiveness of these considered as theories, but Deism seems to conflict with the first impulse of reason. Now it is clear that this overmastering desire for unity has dangers peculiar to itself. An...  


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