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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Power at work in the universe is inanywhere, consistent with one evil in a remote corner, as well as in a universe sup-with a ...Read MoreThis 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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Power at work in the universe is inanywhere, consistent with one evil in a remote corner, as well as in a universe sup-with a universe of evil unmixed with good. Falsus in posed to be, . ethically uno, falsus in omnibus. Trust is lost in a man who trust worthy. has once deceived us, although no man is omnipotent and omniscient. Much more must a single act that can be pronounced absolutely evil seem to destroy ethical trust and hope in the supposed perfect Power or Person. To believe in the Divine perfection, as Cudworth remarks, is to believe that all is as it ought to be; and this faith is apt to be upset if anything is found existing which ought not to exist, however insignificant the corner in which it is found, and however rare the occurrence may be. One such issue must darken the infinite purity. And for man the issues on this planet are all in all. He interprets the universe by the specimen of it which enters into his own experience.. Now, the hardest difficulty which man has to meet The exist......... ence of in putting a theistic or ethical interpretation upon the living beworld is not the existence of natural causes--unwar-strange rantably assumed to supersede God, instead of to reveal which" God. It is the bad state in which man finds men, thiTpianet and other sentient beings too, on this small planet. TMhfe"nd It may be true that we cannot so distinguish the apology for agnostic possible from the impossible as to assert with extreme pessimism, pessimists that this is the worst world possible, nor even that it is found so bad that it were better to pass out of conscious life altogether (if that is a possibility) than to persist in life under the given conditions. Yet, at the least, the history of this planet forms a revelation of...Read Less
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