Human Immortality: Two Supposed Objections to the Doctrie (Google eBook)

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1898 - Immortality - 70 pages
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Page 58 - We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams.
Page 56 - How this metamorphosis takes place; how a force existing as motion, heat, or light can become a mode of consciousness...
Page 23 - Consciousness in this process does not have to be generated de novo in a vast number of places. It exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world.
Page 16 - Life, like a dome of many-colored glass, Stains the white radiance of eternity." Suppose, now, that this were really so, and suppose, moreover, that the dome, opaque enough at all times to the full super-solar blaze, could at certain times and places grow less so, and let certain beams pierce through into this sublunary world. These beams would be so many finite rays, so to speak, of consciousness, and they would vary in quantity and quality as the opacity varied in degrees.
Page 12 - I must show you that the fatal consequence is not coercive, as is commonly imagined ; and that, even though our soul's life (as here below it is revealed to us) may be in literal strictness the function of a brain that perishes, yet it is not at all impossible, but on the contrary quite possible, that the life may still continue when the brain itself is dead. The supposed impossibility of its continuing comes from too superficial a look at the admitted fact of functional dependence. The moment we...
Page 28 - The death of the body may indeed be the end of the sensational use of our mind, but only the beginning of the intellectual use. The body would thus be, not the cause of our thinking, but merely a condition restrictive thereof, and although essential to a sensuous and animal consciousness, it may be regarded as an impeder of our pure spiritual life.
Page 15 - Suppose, for example, that the whole universe of material things the furniture of earth and choir of heaven should turn out to be a mere surface-veil of phenomena, hiding and keeping back the world of genuine realities.
Page 42 - God, we can then say, has so inexhaustible a capacity for love that his call and need is for a literally endless accumulation of created lives. He can never faint or grow weary, as we should, under the increasing supply. His scale is infinite in all things. His sympathy can never know satiety or glut.
Page 13 - Thought is a function of the brain," he thinks of the matter just as he thinks when he says, "Steam is a function of the tea-kettle.

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