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

By Robert Anderson

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 abilities, Anderson argues for actual scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the methods performed on humans by means of organised faith and technological know-how to the scams of self belief tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed viewpoint of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the idea of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technological know-how, he says, assumes the lifestyles of lifestyles, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy turn out to be? 'The guy who can provide no account of his lifestyles is a idiot, and he who denies a god may give no account of his existence.' A Doubter's Doubts approximately technological know-how and faith proposes that the real sceptic can't deny that the starting place of existence exists below the identify of God.

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In a word, as we believe in " a beneficent Creator of the universe/' the evolution hypothesis is unnecessary and therefore unphilosophical. But, further, the concealed consequences of the argument under review must not be overlooked. If it be valid for any purpose at all, it disproves not only the fact of a creation, but the existence of a Creator. " No one ever saw a special creation :" neither did any one ever see the Deity. If, as alleged, we have no evidence of His handiwork, neither have we proof of His existence.

Mr. " At the Bar this would be characterized as a nisi prius trick. ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION. 41 sufficiently answered by the fact that that account is accepted by many men of competent attainments and of the highest intellectual capacity. "§ True: but a similar objection may be made to the hypothesis of evolution ; and it has, in fact, been urged in these pages in the very words here used by Mr. || It is admitted that no new species has ever been evolved within human experience, and the supposed origination is referred to "an * They are careful, no doubt, to distinguish between what the Patriarch actually taught, and what, as they maintain, a crude misapprehension of his teaching attributes to him.

Xxi. 26 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS " the idea of a universal and beneficent Creator of the universe" *—this is a far more amazing act of creative power than the Mosaic account of the genesis of man supposes. But, on the other hand, this very admission suggests a question the importance of which none but the superficial and the ignorant will doubt, Is not the Mosaic account, for that very reason, the more philosophical hypothesis ? It is obvious that when once we acknowledge " a beneficent Creator of the universe," the existence of man is explained by the necessary admission that he is a creature; and no theory of development from a lower form of life would be tenable for a moment, were it not for reasons which lie hidden, and do not appear upon the surface.

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