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By Robert Anderson

ISBN-10: 1108000142

ISBN-13: 9781108000147

This 1889 quantity used to be released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who turned Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his non secular ideals together with his detective abilities, Anderson argues for actual scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the tips performed on humans by way of organised faith and technological know-how to the scams of self assurance tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed perspective of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the idea of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technological know-how, he says, assumes the lifestyles of lifestyles, yet has no longer the reply to the elemental query - how did guy emerge as? 'The guy who can provide no account of his lifestyles is a idiot, and he who denies a god can provide no account of his existence.' A Doubter's Doubts approximately technological know-how and faith proposes that the real sceptic can't deny that the starting place of lifestyles exists lower than the identify of God.

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The cases are entirely parallel. If the process of evolution have been in operation during infinite aeons of time, and be still at work, " missing links" are out of the question. The naturalist will, of course, be able to point to types of every imaginable stage of development, from the simplest and humblest to the most exquisitely complex and perfect. But the naturalist can do no such thing. There are almost innumerable gaps in the chain, which could only be accounted for by the supposition that the process of evolution has again and again been interrupted during intervals so prolonged, that in comparison with them the entire period of historic time is but as a tick 56 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS of the clock.

According to the evolutionist, man is but an upstart, a biological parvenu, ever in danger of betraying his humble origin, and occasionally showing a tendency to revert to his former state. But surely it is only a base materialism which would assign to the phenomena on which this theory rests, the same importance as that which we ascribe to the mysteries of man's inner being. The presence in embryo of organs properly belonging to the brute, or such " reversions " as " the occasional appearance of canine teeth "—what are these in comparison with the fact that life from the cradle to the grave is marked by baffled aspirations after an unattainable ideal, and unsatisfied cravings for the infinite ?

Brought face to face with puling infancy, vigorous manhood, and the senile decrepitude of extreme old age, such a being might express incredulous wonder on hearing that these were but successive stages in human life. " To which the unequivocal reply we should of course be able to offer would put an end to his scepticism. But suppose we were to make some such answer as this: " True it is that never a moment passes but that some new life enters the world, and some blighted or withered life disappears from it; the processes of generation and growth and decay are all unceasing and constant ; but yet we cannot satisfy the test you put to us.

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