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By Robert Anderson

This 1889 quantity was once released anonymously and later ascribed to Robert Anderson, a barrister and theological author who grew to become Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his non secular ideals together with his detective talents, Anderson argues for precise scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the tips performed on humans by means of organised faith and technology 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 life of existence, yet has no longer the reply to the fundamental query - how did guy turn out to be? 'The guy who may give no account of his lifestyles is a idiot, and he who denies a god may give 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 below the identify of God.

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How can he account for species itself? He struggles to escape from the difficulty by representing all such distinctions as being purely arbitrary. But such a piece of " special pleading" only betrays the weakness of his position. The lines which separate one species from another are clearly marked, as is evidenced by the ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION. 37 undoubted fact that the effects alike of culture and neglect are strictly limited by them. The reality of the difficulty, moreover, the evolutionist himself acknowledges by the recognition of missing links, and by his appeal to the fossils to supply them.

Whence the distinctions which he thus classifies ? How can he account for species itself? He struggles to escape from the difficulty by representing all such distinctions as being purely arbitrary. But such a piece of " special pleading" only betrays the weakness of his position. The lines which separate one species from another are clearly marked, as is evidenced by the ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION. 37 undoubted fact that the effects alike of culture and neglect are strictly limited by them. The reality of the difficulty, moreover, the evolutionist himself acknowledges by the recognition of missing links, and by his appeal to the fossils to supply them.

The birth both of the species and the individual" alternative hypothesis can be disproved ; and to disprove it is the whole point and purpose of Mr. Herbert Spencer's chapter on the subject. * See pp. 22-24, ante. " * And the strange religious propensities common to the race, whether civilised or savage, must also be suppressed ; or, at all events, our Penates must be strictly limited to an effigy of our hairy quadrumanous ancestor with pointed ears, supplemented possibly by some " symbolic conception " of the primordial life-germ wrapped in cloud, and a copy of Mr.

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