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Aspects of Theism

Aspects of Theism

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY WILLIAM KNIGHT, LL.D.

PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS'
BY WILLIAM KNIGHT, LL.D.

PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS'

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ASPECTS OF THEISMBY WILLIAM KIGHT, LL.D.PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY I THE UIVERSITY OFST. ADREWS'MACMILLA AD CO.AD EW YORK PREFACEIn the year 1870, I gave a course of twelve lecturesin Dundee, on the subject of Theism. These weremainly historical, and were intended to be wroughtout more fully for publication ; but the pressure of other interests prevented the completion of thisproject. Most of the conclusions reached wereembodied in an article published in The BritishQuarterly Review in July 1871, and afterwards in-cluded in a volume of Studies in Philosophy andLiterature (1879). In 1890 I was asked to give ashort course of lectures on the same subject to theTheological College at Salisbury. These I repeatedin London in 1891.In the present volume these lectures are enlarged,with several addenda. It contains little of theASPECTS OF THEISMhistory of the proofs, which I endeavoured to tracein detail, in 1868 ; but it discusses the problem of 
 
Theism under aspects which may perhaps be moreuseful at the present time. In any case, it is forthe student of Theology, rather than of Philosophy,to supply the former — which remains a desideratumin our British literature.It is obvious that, to understand the precisenature of the problem, and what has really to beproved, is an indispensable preliminary to any solutionof it ; and, while I believe — and have tried in thefollowing pages to show — that the theistic interpreta-tion of the Universe is the most luminous, the mostcomprehensive, and the least likely to be underminedby future critical assault, I at the same time suggestthat we should include much within it, which has attimes been excluded, and even supposed to be an-tagonistic.It is scarcely necessary to add that it is impossibleto deal with the problem, either as one of experienceor of history, while ignoring its philosophical basis.Just as a psychology — whether psychical or physio-logical — which ignores metaphysic, is disqualified,at the outset, from reaching conclusions which thehuman race can ultimately endorse ; so a Theism,PREFACEwhich dispenses with Philosophy, can have neitheran adequate basis nor a root of endurance. If basedon mere authority, or unsifted dogma, it can haveno evidential warrant that is trustworthy or lasting.I have treated it throughout these pages as a problemof Philosophy.It was my original intention to fill the latter half 
 
of the volume with " notes," referring to the literatureof the subject ; and, with this end in view, I have keptit back for two years. That literature, however, is sovast, and is becoming so increasingly complex, that Ihave thought it better to print these Aspects of Theism 1 very much as they were spoken, and tooffer them without notes, as a short study of a greatproblem. Something in the way of history may bewritten by and by.The discussion of the subject has brought me intopartial antagonism with men whom I greatly honour,with friends deceased, and many contemporaries of eminence. It is difficult to exaggerate the debt weowe — in Criticism, Philosophy, and Science- — to suchwriters as the late Mr. Matthew Arnold, Mr. Spencer,Mr. Huxley, Mr. Tyndall, and others, from whose1 This was the title under which the lectures were originallydelivered.ASPECTS OF THEISMopinion, on ultimate problems I nevertheless dissent.My appreciation of their work is not to be measuredby the extent of the speculative difference whichseparates us.W. K.COTETS

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