the Human: ??There is no God,? the foolish saith: But none, ?There is no sorrow?; And nature oft the cry of faith In bitter need will borrow; Eyes which the preacher could not school By wayside graves are raised; And lips say. ?God be pitiful,? Who ne?er said, ?God be praised.?? Dr. W.W. Keen when called to treat an Irishman?s aphasia, said: ?Well, Dennis, how are you?? ?Oh, doctor, it?s many a word I cannot spake!? ?But, Dennis, you are speaking.? ?Oh, doctor, it?s many a word I cannot spake!? ?Well, Dennis, now I will try you. See if you cannot say, ?Horse.?? ?Oh, doctor dear, ?horse? is the very word I cannot spake!? On this whole section see
A.M. Fairbairn, Origin and Development of Idea of God, in Studies in Philos. Of Relig. And History; Martineau, Religion and Materialism, 45; Bishop Temple, Bampton Lectures, 1884:37-65.
3. That the knowledge of God?s existence answers the third criterion of logical independence and priority , may be shown as follows:
A. It is presupposed in all other knowledge as its logical condition and foundation. The validity of the simplest mental acts, such as sense- perception, self-consciousness, and memory, depends upon the assumption that a god exists who has so constituted our minds that they give us knowledge of things as they are.
Pfleiderer, Philos. Of Religion, 1:88 ? ?The ground of science and of cognition generally is to be found neither in the subject nor in the object per se , but only in the divine thinking that combines the two, which, as the common ground of the forms of thinking in all finite minds, and of the forms of being in all things, makes possible the correspondence or agreement between the former and the latter, or in a word makes knowledge of truth possible.? 91 ? ?Religious belief is presupposed in all scientific knowledge as the basis of its possibility.? This is the thought of
<193610> Psalm 36:10 ? ?In thy light shall we see light.? A.J. Balfour, Foundations of Belief, 303 ? ?The uniformity of nature cannot be proved from experience, for it is what makes proof from experience possible...Assume it, and we shall find that facts conform to it...309 ? The uniformity of nature can be established only by the aid of that principle itself, and is necessarily involved in all attempts to prove it...There must be a God, to justify our confidence in innate ideas.?
Bowne, Theory of Thought and Knowledge, 276 ? ?Reflection shows that the community of individual intelligence is possible only through an all embracing Intelligence, the source and creator of finite minds.? Science rests upon the postulate of a world order. Huxley: ?The object of science is the discovery of the rational order which pervades the universe.? This
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