By Robert Anderson
This 1889 quantity used to be released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who grew to become Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his spiritual ideals along with his detective talents, Anderson argues for real scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the methods performed on humans by means of organised faith and technological know-how to the scams of self belief tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed point of view of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the speculation of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technological know-how, he says, assumes the life of existence, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy emerge as? 'The guy who may give no account of his life is a idiot, and he who denies a god can provide no account of his existence.' A Doubter's Doubts approximately technological know-how and faith proposes that the real sceptic can't deny that the starting place of lifestyles exists below the identify of God.
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Professor Virchow and Evolution. Was the elder Mill the author of this absurd problem? See J. S. Mill's Autobiography, p. 43. ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION. 23 God be a true one which we have thus reached by escape from a wrong path. The question whether there be a God is no longer open. What concerns us now is merely to decide what kind of God we shall acknowledge. Shall we be content with the mystic Pantheism which a false system of biology would offer us, or shall we adore an intelligent Ruler of the universe ?
The sceptic tries a coin before accepting it, but when once he puts it in his pocket, his appreciation of it is, for that very reason, all the more intelligent and full. A convinced doubter makes the best believer. " And in no grudging spirit, but honestly and fully, he will own the obligations 54 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS and relationships which this involves. Religion is implied in the acknowledgment of God. And further, this acknowledgment removes every a priori objection to the idea of a revelation.
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