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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 grew to become Assistant Commissioner at Scotland backyard. blending his non secular ideals together with his detective talents, Anderson argues for actual scepticism to be embraced, evaluating the tips performed on humans through organised faith and technology to the scams of self belief tricksters. Writing from a self-confessed point of view of 'destructive criticism', Anderson discredits the idea of evolution as a newfangled superstition. technology, he says, assumes the life of lifestyles, yet has no longer the reply to the elemental query - how did guy grow to be? 'The guy who can provide no account of his life is a idiot, and he who denies a god may give no account of his existence.' A Doubter's Doubts approximately technology and faith proposes that the genuine sceptic can't deny that the beginning of lifestyles exists lower than the identify of God.

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Theology is supposed to teach that special creations were designed to demonstrate to mankind the power of the Creator : " would it not have been still better demonstrated by the sepa* Principles of Biology > § 114. 44 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS rate creation of each individual ? * What evolution assumes,! the Bible asserts, namely, that man did not appear in the world until after every other organized form was already in existence. But the next and final difficulty appears at first sight to be more serious.

Herbert Spencer and a few more besides, all of whom must await the verdict of posterity, before they can be permanently assigned the place which their contemporaries possibly would claim for them. An assertion which thus brands the entire bead-roll of philosophers, from Bacon to Charles Darwin, as the dupes of a "pseudidea," a "formula for ignorance," is worthless, save as affording matter for a psychological study of a most interesting kind. The alleged absence of evidence of a special creation has been already met by pointing out that the objection equally applies to the hypothesis of evolution.

The question here is not whether it be reasonable, whether it be true. All that concerns us is the fact that it forms an essential part of the biblical scheme, and thus affords a complete refutation of an ad hominem argument which depends for its validity upon misrepresenting or ignoring it. Mr. Herbert Spencer's indictment against belief in special creations thus begins and ends by disingenuous attempts to prejudice the issue. And in asserting that the hypothesis is incapable of being " framed into a coherent 48 A DOUBTER'S DOUBTS thought," he urges an objection which from its very nature admits of no other answer than that which has been already given to it.

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