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

By Robert Anderson

ISBN-10: 1108000142

ISBN-13: 9781108000147

This 1889 quantity used to be released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who grew to become Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his spiritual ideals together with his detective talents, Anderson argues for precise scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the tips performed on humans by means of 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 lifestyles of lifestyles, yet has now not the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy grow to be? 'The guy who can provide no account of his lifestyles is a idiot, and he who denies a god can provide no account of his existence.' A Doubter's Doubts approximately technological know-how and faith proposes that the genuine sceptic can't deny that the starting place of existence exists less than the identify of God.

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This is a choice example of the nisi prius artifice at which our author is such an adept. E 5o A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS The existence of a world teeming with life has been accepted by the greatest and wisest men of every age as a conclusive proof that a special creation has taken place. But this is boldly met by sheer weight of unsupported denial. If we approach the subject, not as special pleaders or partisans, but in a philosophic spirit, we shall state the argument thus :— The admitted facts give proof that species originated either by special creations or by evolution.

But here we must turn back upon the ground already traversed. We have been dealing hitherto with evolution, not as an hypothesis to account for the origin of species, but merely as a pretended explanation of the origin of life ; and we have found that, thus regarded, it is but a blind lane which leads nowhere. The inquiry suggests itself, therefore, whether the conception of * "Athwart all play and amusement a thread of seriousness ran through my character; and many a sleepless night of my childhood has been passed fretted by the question; 'Who made God ?

Under the received theory, for example, the effect is always greater than the cause ; but here the cause is greater than the effect. To take one signal instance, it is surely more philosophical to suppose that immortality, and a belief in God, are lost by creatures who sink, than that they are gained by creatures who rise, in the scale of development. 38 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS CHAPTER IV. T H E hypothesis of degeneration has been here suggested as a rival to that of evolution. It equally accounts for the facts, and is less beset with difficulties.

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