Outlines of the Philosophy of Religion: Dictated Portions of the Lectures of Hermann Lotze, Volume 2

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Ginn & Company, 1901 - Religion - 162 pages
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Page vii - God, the Attributes and Personality of the Absolute, the Conceptions of the Creation, the Preservation, and the Government, of the World, and of the World-time. The book closes with brief discussions of Religion and Morality, and Dogmas and Confessions.
Page 165 - Ethics 1n selections from the original works. The selections will be accompanied by notes, and prefaced by a brief biographical sketch of the author, a statement of the relation of his system to preceding and subsequent ethical thought, a brief exposition of the system, and a bibliography.
Page 99 - ... that something new also must happen in the world, — something that is not a mere consequence of what has gone before ; — and that there must exist in individual spirits just this capacity to initiate a new series of events ; and therefore in brief a freedom of acting or primarily of willing, by which they separate themselves from the Universal Substance in a still more decided manner than by their mere 'Being for self as relatively independent beings.
Page 10 - Churches and religious systems and societies, however, may collapse, but the " indestructible religious need" of the human race will be satisfied by a commensurate theology when even their very names are forgotten. In the beautiful words of Lotze, the great German philosopher, " The totality of all that has value — all that is perfect, fair, and good — cannot possibly be homeless in the world or in the realm of actuality, but has the very best claim to be regarded by us as imperishable reality.
Page 150 - ... [Lotze wrote], that stands in opposition to the further conviction that God, at particular moments and in particular persons, may have stood nearer to humanity, or may have revealed himself at such moments and in such persons in a more eminent way than at other moments and in other persons. ... It is even without doubt legitimate to regard the relation in which he [Christ] stood to God as absolutely unique, not only as to degree but also as to its essential quality.
Page 69 - All these hindrances of a perfect ' personality ' we can imagine as not existent in the Infinite Spirit. On this account, we conclude with the assertion which is exactly the opposite of the customary one : Perfect personality is reconcilable only with the conception of an Infinite Being ; for finite beings only an approximation to this is attainable.
Page 7 - For, in most attempts of this kind, the great and weighty influence of the aforesaid aesthetic elements is especially overlooked, and, thereby, a very barren rationalism takes the place of that which the whole reason, acting in all directions, would be able to produce. CHAPTER I. THE PROOFS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD; 5. The different attempts of reason to attain to certainty concerning the Supersensible, by starting from all the above-mentioned points of departure, are too manifold for direct statement....
Page 117 - ... one of which would be as indifferent as the other. In a word, it is impossible to understand what is to constitute the ' value' of any action, if its results are not able to produce some 'Good' somewhere in the world, or to increase the sum of already existing 'Good.
Page 151 - He who in an unprejudiced way allows the teaching of Christ and the history of Christ's life to influence his mind, without analyzing this impression, may be convinced that an infinitely valuable and unique act has occurred here on earth for the salvation of humanity. But the attempts to settle speculatively the content and value of this fact, do not as a whole lead to the end designed.
Page 74 - This is, philosophically considered, erroneous, and religiously devoid of all significance : we abide therefore by the assumption, that the 'will to create' is an absolutely eternal predicate of God, and ought not to be used to designate a deed of his so much as the absolute dependence of the world upon his will in contradistinction to its involuntary ' emanation

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