Knowledge, Life and Reality: An Essay in Systematic Philosophy

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CHAPTER XXII
GOD AS ETHICAL SPIRIT

THE metaphysics of the physical and natural sciences not infrequently assumes to treat of all phenomena as belonging to a self-explanatory, self-contained, and self-maintaining system. This is equivalent to saying that all operative causes and actual relations which make the phenomena better understood by our minds must be either found, or reasonably postulated to be found, within the system itself. To admit the breaking-in upon Nature, in the large meaning of the word, of that which is super-natural or extra-natural, is not a form of explanation which science can tolerate. Now the postulate which reflective thinking upon the phenomena of religious experience aims to establish, has much of this same merit in a yet higher degree. So far as certain metaphysical predicates are concerned, the conception of the World-Ground as Absolute Person needs no supplementing by way of attributes that do not essentially belong to itself. For example: Omnipotence, omnipresence, eternity, omniscience, and unity; these are essential to the very conception of Absolute Person. But plainly, with the possible exception of omniscience, there is no more mystery or confusion about all this way of thinking of the self-sufficiency of the World, when it is assumed in terms of the philosophy of religion than when the same thing is taken for granted as a basis for the positive sciences. And even with regard to omniscience, it is by no means clear how all the particular sciences taken together are going to explain a System, which is orderly, law-abiding, and framed after the pattern of ideas, without assuming the control of an all- embracing mind as its immanent reason.

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