By Robert Anderson

This 1889 quantity used to be released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who turned Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his spiritual ideals together with his detective talents, Anderson argues for real scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the methods performed on humans by way of organised faith and technology to the scams of self assurance tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed perspective of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the idea of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technological know-how, he says, assumes the lifestyles of existence, yet has now not the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy emerge as? 'The guy who can provide no account of his life 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 genuine sceptic can't deny that the foundation of existence exists lower than the identify of God.

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9, ante). t Principles of Biology, § 115. Ao A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS sort of onslaught is merely to excite suspicion that some weak point in the case requires to be concealed. Such dogmatism of assertion must only serve to encourage us in our investigation of the argument. " * But this is a very transparent petitio principii; for unless we assume that evolution is true, which is precisely what has to be proved, the statement is of no force whatever. Mr. " | Now this, of course, is a reference to the Mosaic account of the creation, % and it is * Principles of Biology, § n o .

The validity of his dilemma depends upon ignoring one of the fundamental dogmas of theology. The teaching of the Bible is unmistakable, that Adam in his fall dragged down with him the entire creation of which he was the federal head ; that the suffering under which the creature groans is not the result of design, but of a tremendous catastrophe which has brought ruin and misery in its train ; that the Creator ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 47 is not wanting in power to restore creation to its pristine perfectness ; that He has pledged Himself to accomplish this very result, and that so complete will be the restoration, that even the destructive propensities of the brute shall absolutely cease.

Can any intelligent observer look back upon the history of the world, or honestly face the dismal facts of life around us—" the turbid ebb and flow of human misery," and fail to find traces of some mysterious disaster * Principles of'Biology', § 67. 30 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS in primeval times, which still disturbs the moral sphere? According to the evolutionist, man is but an upstart, a biological parvenu, ever in danger of betraying his humble origin, and occasionally showing a tendency to revert to his former state.

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