argue back to a Being who once caused nature and history; I recognize a present Being, exercising wisdom and power, by signs such as reveal personality in man. Nature is itself the Watchmaker manifesting himself in the very process of making the watch. This is the meaning of the noble Epilogue to Robert Browning?s Dramatis PersonĀ«, 252 ? ?That one Face, far from vanish, rather grows, Or decomposes but to recompose, Become my universe that feels and knows.? ?That Face,? said Mr. Browning to Mrs. Orr, ?That Face is the face of Christ; that is how I feel him.? Nature is an expression of the mind and will of Christ, as my face is an expression of my mind and will. But in both cases, behind and above the face is a personality, of which the face is but the partial and temporary expression.

Bowne, Philos. Theism, 104, 107 ? ?My fellow beings act as if they had thought, feeling, and will. So nature looks as if thought, feeling, and will were behind it. If we deny mind in nature, we must deny mind in man. If there be no controlling mind In nature, moreover, there can be none in man, for if the basal power is blind and necessary, then all that depends upon it is necessitated also.? LeConte, in Royce?s Conception of God, 44 ? ?There is only one place in the world where we can get behind physical phenomena, behind the veil of matter, namely, in our own brain, and we find there a self, a person. Is it not reasonable that, if we could get behind the veil of nature, we should find the same, that is, a Person? But if so, we must conclude, an infinite Person, and therefore the only complete Personality that exists. Perfect personality is not only self-conscious, but self-existent. They are only imperfect images, and, as it were, separated fragments, of the infinite Personality of God.

Personality = self-consciousness + self-determination in view of moral ends. The brute has intelligence and will, but has neither self- consciousness, conscience, nor free will. See Julius Muller, Doctrine of Sin, 1:76 sq . Diman, Theistic Argument, 91, 251 ? ?Suppose ?the intuitions of the moral faculty are the slowly organized results of experience received from the race?; still, having found that the universe affords evidence of a supremely intelligent cause, we may believe that man?s moral nature affords the highest illustration of its mode of working?; 358 ? ?Shall we explain the lower forms of will by the higher, or the higher by the lower??

2. Man?s moral nature proves the existence of a holy Lawgiver and Judge. The elements of the proof are

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