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 non secular ideals along with his detective talents, Anderson argues for precise 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 speculation of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technology, he says, assumes the lifestyles of existence, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy turn out to be? 'The guy who can provide 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 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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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 ?
ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION 25 as necessarily irreligious. As the apostle of evolution with fairness urges, he who thus denounces it "is bound to show why it is more irreligious to explain the origin of man as a distinct species by descent from some lower form, through the laws of variation and natural selection, than to explain the birth of the individual through laws of ordinary reproduction. The birth both of the species and of the individual are equally parts of that grand sequence of events which our minds refuse to accept as the result of blind chance.
But, on the other hand, this very admission suggests a question the importance of which none but the superficial and the ignorant will doubt, Is not the Mosaic account, for that very reason, the more philosophical hypothesis ? It is obvious that when once we acknowledge " a beneficent Creator of the universe," the existence of man is explained by the necessary admission that he is a creature; and no theory of development from a lower form of life would be tenable for a moment, were it not for reasons which lie hidden, and do not appear upon the surface.