Our Knowledge of God

Our Knowledge of God

Our Knowledge of God

Our Knowledge of God

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This is an essay in the most difficult of all subjects. No other investigation that we ever undertake makes so heavy a demand upon our spiritual powers or requires for its successful conduct so mature and many-sided a wisdom as does our attempt to understand the relations of God to the soul, and one cannot but be conscious of one's own inadequacy in face of such a task. At the present time the field is occupied by a number of competing views, each of which is likely to have something valuable to contribute to our total understanding, yet any two of which necessarily exclude one another if accepted in the form in which alone they are offered to us by their most devoted adherents. My purpose has been the irenic one of endeavouring to distinguish the true insight within each alternative from that blindness in it which renders it insensitive to the insight of the other. My success in this endeavour has been by no means such as to satisfy me, but I hope it will be allowed that I have at least resisted the temptation of evading any of the problems into which the argument has led me, however delicately complex—because situated at what are precisely the growing-points of the thought of our time—some of these have turned out to be.

The present is not the first occasion on which I have been bold to enter this general field, and an occasional reference to my earlier appearances will be found in the footnotes of the present work. Nevertheless I should . . .

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