The Foundations of Religious Belief; The Methods of Natural Theology Vindicated Against Modern Objections

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 174 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...persons, nor yet into any two parts of one person." He also cites space as an example. "We cannot," he says, "divide space into parts. We should only make two spaces, which are integral objects and not parts of space Nun besteht der Raum nicht aus einfachen Theilen, sondern, aus Raumenl. What he says of self is easily understood and appreciated. Space, however, is a less tangible object to deal with. His line of remark and argument in regard to self may be extended to all things considered as individuals in a class. We divide genera into species, and species into individuals. But we can go no farther with our division in this direction, not, however, because the objects have become so small, but because they are individuals; because each of them is one and not two. I can divide this pen mechanically into parts. But I cannot divide it logically into two or more pens--two or more individual objects of the same species; not because it is so small, but because it is one, and not more, and division would not give us pens, but only parts of a pen. It is regarded, therefore, simple einfach) in one sense of the word and not in the other. In considering the third pair, I take up the "antithesis" first, also. It is, "In the world there is no liberty, but all is nature." Here the line of argument is such as is usually employed to prove the regularity and uniformity of the phenomena of nature. Whatever comes into being had a cause; a cause or a combination of them, that were adequate to the effect. These causes act uniformly, as inert matter of necessity must act. No piece or mass is able to originate any action except as it is acted upon; no one can, of itself, vary the intensity with which it acts. By " the...

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