This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... their validity when applied to God and divine things. To speak, for example, of a supreme First Cause, or of a Divine ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... their validity when applied to God and divine things. To speak, for example, of a supreme First Cause, or of a Divine Government of the Universe according to ends, is an illegitimate use of a purely human category. Plainly if this argument can be justified, a great many timehonoured religious beliefs are invalid. In order to meet a sceptical attack from this side we must inquire into the conditions and methods of knowledge, and of religious knowledge in particular. This inquiry will lead up to the final problems of religious philosophy. CHAPTER VIL THE NATUKE OF KNOWLEDGE The nature of knowledge and the validity which attaches to the knowing process are matters of vital interest to the religious philosopher. For there is a cognitive element in faith, and it involves a claim to know. The religious man is deeply concerned to maintain that what is spiritually I valuable is theoretically true, and that the ideal is also real. The scepticism which declares the mind, from its nature, is incapable of knowing what is ultimately real, undermines the foundations of religion as well as morality. Man cannot base his trust or found his conduct on assumptions which he recognises to be fictitious. Yet the question of the validity of knowledge is not one which troubled man in the earlier stages of his development; and he had been for ages religious without concerning himself with the inquiry, whether he was capable of knowing a divine Being. To the primitive man whose gods were part of his environment, the question would have appeared unmeaning. What room was there to doubt when the spirits beset him before and behind, and gave constant tokens of their activity I Man was not yet perplexed by the fateful contrast between appearance and reality, and a...
Very good. No dust jacket. xii, 602 p. 22 cm. The International theological library.. Hardcover, boards slight wear, and white on bottom of spine, top corner of front endpiece and next two pages cut out, all pages clean, tight, no writing; from private collector (pastor's library)
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