Philosophy and faith: a plea for agnostic belief, Volume 14

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Page 22 - With all her golden inwardness ; And as blind nestlings, unafraid, Stretch up wide-mouthed to every shade By which their downy dream is stirred, Taking it for the mother-bird, So, when God's shadow, which is light, Unheralded, by day or night, My wakening instincts falls across, Silent as sunbeams over moss, In my heart's nest half-conscious things Stir with a helpless sense of wings, Lift themselves up, and tremble long With premonitions sweet of song.
Page 30 - We must remain content with the belief that we have that knowledge of God which is best adapted to our wants and training. How far that knowledge represents God as He is, we know not, and we have no need to know.
Page 14 - ... ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in us; so there may be occasions when it will highly become us to do it.
Page 29 - Thus the highest principles of thought and action, to which we can attain, are regulative, not speculative : — they do not serve to satisfy the reason, but to guide the conduct : they do not tell us what things are in themselves, but how we must conduct ourselves in relation to them.
Page 26 - We have but faith : we cannot know; For knowledge is of things we see ; And yet we trust it comes from thee, A beam in darkness : let it grow.
Page 5 - We are thus taught the salutary lesson that the capacity of thought is not to be constituted into the measure of existence, and are warned from recognizing the domain of our knowledge as necessarily co-extensive with the horizon of our faith...
Page 27 - Nothing before, nothing behind; The steps of Faith Fall on the seeming void, and find The rock beneath.
Page 5 - What ought I to do ? and For what may I hope ? But it is pretty plain that these three resolve themselves, in the long run, into the first. For rational expectation and moral action are alike based upon beliefs ; and a belief is void of justification unless its subject-matter lies within the boundaries of possible knowledge, and unless its evidence satisfies the conditions which experience imposes as the guarantee of credibility.
Page 10 - The nature of the case implies, that the human mind is competent to sit in moral and spiritual judgment on a professed revelation ; and to decide (if the case seem to require it) in the following tone : " This doctrine attributes to God, that which we should all call harsh, cruel, or unjust in Man ; it is therefore intrinsically inadmissible...
Page 26 - faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the proving of things not seen.

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