of the earth is recorded?; Flint, Physiology of Man, 1:263-265 ? ?As the only true philosophic view to take of the question, we shall assume in common with nearly an the modern writers on physiology that there is no such thing as spontaneous generation ? admitting that the exact mode of production of the infusoria lowest in the scale of life is not understood.? On the Philosophy of Evolution, see A. H. Strong, Philosophy and Religion, 39-57.
(b) If such instances could be authenticated, they would prove nothing as against a proper doctrine of creation for there would still exist an impossibility of accounting for these vivific properties of matter, except upon the Scriptural view of an intelligent Contriver and Originator of matter and its laws. In short, evolution implies previous involution ? if anything comes out of matter, it must first have been put in.
Sully: ?Every doctrine of evolution must assume some definite initial arrangement which is supposed to contain the possibilities of the order which we find to be evolved and no other possibility.? Bixby, Crisis of Morals, 258 ? ?If no creative fiat can be believed to create something out of nothing, still less is evolution able to perform such a contradiction.? As we can get morality only out of a moral germ, so we can get vitality only out of a vital germ. Martineau, Seat of Authority, 14 ? ?By brooding long enough on an egg that is next to nothing, you can in this way hatch any universe actual or possible. Is it not evident that this is a mere trick of imagination, concealing its thefts of causation by committing them little by little, and taking the heap from the divine storehouse grain by grain??
Hens come before eggs. Perfect organic forms are antecedent to all life cells, whether animal or vegetable. ?Omnis cellula e cellula, sed primaria cellula ex organismo.? God created first the tree and its seed was in it when created ( <010112>Genesis 1:12). Protoplasm is not proton, but deuteron; the elements are antecedent to it. It is not true that man was never made at all but only ?growed? like Topsy; see Watts, New Apologetic, xvi, 312. Royce, Spirit of Modern Philosophy, 273 ? ?Evolution is the attempt to comprehend the world of experience in terms of the fundamental idealistic postulates: (1) without ideas there is no reality, (2) rational order requires a rational Being to introduce it and (3) beneath our conscious self there must be an infinite Self. The question is, has the world a meaning? It is not enough to refer ideas to mechanism. Evolution, from the nebula to man, is only the unfolding of the life of a divine Self.?
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