A Doubter’s Doubts about Science and Religion: By a Criminal by Robert Anderson

By Robert Anderson

This 1889 quantity used to be released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who turned Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his spiritual ideals together with his detective abilities, Anderson argues for actual scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the tips performed on humans via organised faith and technology to the scams of self belief tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed perspective of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the speculation of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technology, he says, assumes the life of existence, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy become? 'The guy who can provide no account of his lifestyles is a idiot, and he who denies a god may give 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 existence exists lower than the identify of God.

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Herbert Spencer's " System of Philosophy " to guide and regulate the cidte ! * See p. 25, ante. ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 53 CHAPTER V. " The knowledge that there is bad money in circulation does not make us fling our purse into the gutter, or refuse to replenish it when empty. 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.

It behoves us, therefore, to ascribe to Him the highest qualities which His creatures are endowed with. To admit, under pressure of facts which we can neither deny nor ignore, the conception of a God, and then to minimise that conception so that it becomes inadequate to account for the facts—this is neither reason nor philosophy, but crass folly. Since reason shuts us up to belief in God, let us have the courage of free thought, and instead of taking refuge in a vague theism, let us acknowledge a real God, a personal God—not the great " primordial germ," but the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Herbert Spencer will deplore our " ignorance " and despise our "pseud-ideas," we shall console ourselves by the companionship of a long line of illustrious men, whose names perchance shall be increasingly venerated in the world of philosophy and letters when some new generation of scientists shall have arisen to regard with patronising pity the popular theories of to-day. " This implies, first, an ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 43 admission that if we were permitted to see a special creation we could frame the coherent thought; and, secondly, an implied assertion that our ability to frame ideas is limited by our experience.

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