By Robert Anderson
This 1889 quantity was once released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who turned Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his non secular ideals along with his detective abilities, Anderson argues for real 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 point of view of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the idea of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technology, he says, assumes the lifestyles of lifestyles, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy grow to be? 'The guy who may give 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 technology and faith proposes that the real sceptic can't deny that the beginning of lifestyles exists below the identify of God.
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It is because science leads us back to an existence which never had a beginning, that, for want of any other term by which to designate it, we call it God. 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 ?
This implies, first, an ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 43 admission that if we were permitted to see a special creation we could frame the coherent thought; and, secondly, an implied assertion that our ability to frame ideas is limited by our experience. The admission is fatal, and the assertion is obviously false. Mr. * These might be dismissed with the remark that a mere ad hominem argument is of no importance here. If valid, it could only serve to discredit theology, without strengthening the author's position.
Produce for our inspection the organism alleged to have been created, and satisfy us, first, that it had no existence prior to the moment assigned for its creation, and, secondly, that it could not have originated in some way known to our experience, and then, indeed, we shall give up our scepticism and accept the testimony offered us. But Mr. " 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.