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Theism: Cosmic Theism, Or the Theism of Nature (Classic Reprint)
Randolph S. Foster
No preview available - 2018
able action activity admit affirm ages animal answer appear argument assume atheism atoms become beginning belief body called causation cause comes conception conclusion consciousness cosmic cosmos created creation definition deny dependent determine distinct divine doctrine doubt earth effect eternal evidence evolution existence experience expression fact faith feeling finite force forever give given ground human idea impossible infinite intelligence intuition kind knowledge known less light living manifestation material matter means mental mind moral motion nature necessarily necessary necessity never object organic origin pass perfect phenomena philosophical physical position possible present produced proof question reach reality reason relation requires result says seen sense simply soul substance suppose term theory thing thought tion true truth universe whole
Page 329 - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
Page 330 - Therefore I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth, have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed.
Page 138 - Thou compassest my path and my lying down, And art acquainted with all my ways.
Page 59 - ... absolutely every agent in the universe, the one that he does not know may be God. If he is not himself the chief agent in the universe, and does not know what is so, that which is so may be God. If he is not in absolute possession of all the propositions that constitute universal truth, the one which he wants may be, that there is a God. If he cannot with certainty assign the cause of all that he perceives to exist, that cause may be a God.
Page 165 - All events seem entirely loose and separate. One event follows another; but we never can observe any tie between them. They seem conjoined, but never connected.
Page 291 - By the Absolute is meant that which exists in and by itself, having no necessary relation to any other Being.
Page 253 - Day unto day uttereth speech: And night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language: Where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth: And their words to the end of the world.
Page 59 - What ages and what lights are requisite for THIS attainment ! This intelligence involves the very attributes of divinity, while a God is denied. For, unless this man is omnipresent, unless he is at this moment in every place in the universe, he cannot know but there may be in some place manifestations of a Deity by which even he would be overpowered.
Page 343 - The homological construction of the whole frame in the members of the same class is intelligible, if we admit their descent from a common progenitor, together with their subsequent adaptation to diversified conditions. On any other view, the similarity of pattern between the hand of a man or monkey, the foot of a horse, the flipper of a seal, the wing of a bat, &c., is utterly inexplicable. It is no scientific explanation to assert that they have all been formed on the same ideal plan.