By Robert Anderson
This 1889 quantity was once released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who grew to become 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 way of organised faith and technological know-how to the scams of self assurance tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed viewpoint of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the speculation of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technological know-how, he says, assumes the life of lifestyles, yet has no longer the reply to the elemental query - how did guy emerge as? 'The guy who may give 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 genuine sceptic can't deny that the beginning of lifestyles exists below the identify of God.
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And is there not something akin to this in the history of our race ? 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.
And the strange religious propensities common to the race, whether civilised or savage, must also be suppressed ; or, at all events, our Penates must be strictly limited to an effigy of our hairy quadrumanous ancestor with pointed ears, supplemented possibly by some " symbolic conception " of the primordial life-germ wrapped in cloud, and a copy of Mr. Herbert Spencer's " System of Philosophy " to guide and regulate the cidte ! * See p. 25, ante. ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 53 CHAPTER V. " The knowledge that there is bad money in circulation does not make us fling our purse into the gutter, or refuse to replenish it when empty.
And evolution, while in theory at least accounting for the physical facts it appeals to, makes no reasonable attempt to explain the moral phenomena which claim our attention, though these are far more significant and important. We know what it is to meet with people,over whose origin or career some mystery evidently hangs. A bar sinister has crossed their pedigree, or their life is darkened by some strange secret. And is there not something akin to this in the history of our race ? 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.