Bowne, Theory of Thought and Knowledge, 210 ? ?The laws of nature represent no necessity, but are only the orderly forms of procedure of some Being back of them. Cosmic uniformity is God?s method in freedom.? Philos. of Theism, 73 ? ?Any of the cosmic laws, from gravitation on, might conceivably have been lacking or altogether different. No trace of necessity can be found in the Cosmos or in its laws.? Seth, Hegelianism and Personality: ?Nature is not necessary. Why put an island where it is, and not a mile east or west? Why connect the smell and shape of the rose or the taste and color of the orange? Why do H 2O form water? No one knows.? William James: ?The parts seem shot at us out of a pistol.? Rather, we would say, out of a shotgun. Martineau, Seat of Authority, 33 ? ?Why undulations in one medium should produce sound and in another light, why one speed of vibration should give red color, and another blue can be explained by no reason of necessity. Here is selecting will.?
Brooks, Foundations of Zoology. 126 ? ?So far as the philosophy of evolution involves belief that nature is determinate, or due to a necessary law of universal progress or evolution, it seems to me to be utterly unsupported by evidence and totally unscientific.? There is no power to deduce anything whatever from homogeneity. Press the button and law does the rest? Yes, but what presses the button? The solution crystalizes when shaken?
Yes, but what shakes it? Ladd, Philos. of Knowledge, 810 ? ?The directions and velocities of the stars fall under no common principles that astronomy can discover. One of the stars ? ?1830 Groombridge? ? is flying through space at a rate many times as great as it could attain if it had fallen through infinite space through all eternity toward the entire physical universe. fluids contract when coded and expand when heated yet there is the well known exception of water at the degree of freezing.? 263 ? ?Things do not appear to be Mathematical all the way through. The system of things may be a Life, changing its modes of manifestation according to immanent ideas, rather than a collection of rigid entities, blindly subject in a mechanical way to unchanging laws.?
Augustine: ?Dei voluntas rerum natura est.? Joseph Cook: ?The laws of nature are the habits of God.? But Campbell, Atonement, Introduction, xxvi, says there is this difference between the laws of the moral universe and those of the physical, namely, that we do not trace the existence of the former to an act of will, as we do the latter. ?To say that God has given existence to goodness as he has to the laws of nature, would be equivalent to saying that he has given existence to himself.? Pepper, Outlines of
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